FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The traffic signal at Central Street and Drury lane will be temporarily deactivated beginning Tuesday, Aug. 17 to allow for construction related to the Central Street Corridor Phase II project. The intersection will function as a 4-way stop until upgraded traffic signals are installed later this fall.
"We will be placing LED message boards on either side of the project bounds to alert motorists to the change," explains Project Manager Nicholas Edelman. "We are also working on installing flashers on the stop signs to increase visibility and awareness."
The City will continue coordinating with Drury University and Central High School on specific traffic impacts to their campuses and operations as the school year begins. Project completion is expected by the end of 2021.
About the Central Street Corridor Phase II Project
The Central Street Corridor Phase II project will continue "complete streets" improvements along Central Street between Benton Avenue and Clay Avenue, including a multi-use path on the north side of Central and a sidewalk on the south side. Intersection and signal improvements will be made at Central Street and Drury Lane. Underground stormwater infrastructure will be included as well as the installation of a small rain garden at Central and Clay to help improve water quality. The project will also incorporate on-street parking, decorative street lighting and a grass-covered median. Gas, water, electrical and fiber utilities will be updated within the project boundaries.
A complete street network is one that is planned, designed, constructed, operated and maintained to service pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages to safely and efficiently travel. The City formally adopted its Complete Streets Policy in 2014. The complete streets effort aligns with a consistent call from citizens for a more walkable community, heard in citizen surveys and throughout the Forward SGF comprehensive planning process.
The Phase II project is expected to cost $2.1 million and will be funded through the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax with reimbursements from City Utilities for the utility upgrades. Completion is anticipated by the end of the year.
For more information, visit the Central Street Corridor Phase II project webpage.
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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected].