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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Motorists should expect traffic delays along Fremont Avenue between Battlefield Road and Sunset Street beginning 7 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24 as crews conduct final pavement improvements on the Battlefield and Fremont Intersection and Roadway Improvement project.
One lane of Fremont Avenue will remain open in each direction as crews work to apply the final asphalt driving surface to the roadway. Milling work to remove the top layer of pavement will take place on Thursday, Sept. 24. Asphalt application will be conducted on Monday, Sept. 28 through Sept. 29. Lane closures will remain in place until roadway striping is completed on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
As part of the overall project, pedestrian improvements are expected to be finished by October, including new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks along the east side of Fremont Avenue and a multi-use path on the west side of the roadway. Work also continues on the south side of the Battlefield Road and Fremont Avenue intersection as crews install new concrete islands for the new northbound right turn lane.
The overall improvement project is on schedule to be complete by November.
“This has been a complicated project, so we’re excited to be on schedule to wrap up prior to our November deadline,” says Peitz. “A big thank you to the residents and area businesses for their patience and cooperation throughout construction.”
About the Battlefield and Fremont Intersection and Roadway Improvement Project
Approved by voters in 2016, the Battlefield and Fremont Intersection and Roadway Improvement Project involves the widening of Fremont Avenue to five lanes between Battlefield Road and Sunset Street. Improvements have also been made at the Battlefield Road and Fremont Avenue intersection, with traffic signal upgrades and additional turn lanes.
“The overall goal of the project is to increase capacity and improve traffic flow in one of our busiest retail areas,” explains Public Works project manager Jonathan Peitz. “Widening Fremont north of Battlefield and providing an additional northbound lane is expected to help reduce the bottlenecks along Battlefield.”
Pedestrian improvements include new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks along the east side of Fremont Avenue and a multi-use path on the west side. In 2019, City Utilities installed new steel streetlight poles on the east side of Fremont Avenue in conjunction with the roadway project.
The estimated construction cost for this phase of the project is $3.1 million, funded through the City’s ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax.
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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected].