FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Central Street has reopened to through traffic between Benton and Clay avenues as construction on the Central Street Corridor Phase II project nears completion.
The project to add “complete street” improvements along the Central Street Corridor between Benton and Clay avenues began in July 2021, with the goal to provide a system for all modes of transportation in a pedestrian-heavy area of the city. Originally estimated to wrap up in December 2021, scheduling conflicts and materials availability required adjustments to the project’s timeline.
“Utility and stormwater upgrades took longer than we anticipated in the fall with staffing and vendor delays contributing to the impacts in the project timeline,” explains Project Manager Nicholas Edelman. “With the new concrete pavement and crosswalks, intersection and signal improvements complete, it’s time to reopen the roadway so this corridor can serve the public once again.”
Still to come is the completion of a new multi-use path on the north side of the roadway and sidewalk along the south side, anticipated to be constructed in the next few weeks depending on weather, adds Edelman. Permanent street lighting is expected in February. Landscaping is planned for spring.
“We want to thank Drury, OTC, Central High School and all other nearby organizations for their patience as we worked through the challenges with this project,” added Edelman. “Ultimately, these improvements are expected to improve connections for all modes of transportation to safely and efficiently access these vital institutions and community services.”
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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