Traffic Alert: Progress Moves to New Phase on State Blvd.
Road Closure Coming Monday
(April 8, 2020) – Construction on State Boulevard, over the Spy Run Creek, moves to a new phase next week, requiring a complete closure of the road for two months.
Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, State will be closed from Wells Street to Clinton Street while crews work to tie-in the new road. A detour using Wells, Fernhill Avenue, and Clinton will be in place during the closure. During the closure, residents living on side streets on the north side of the road will not have access to State.
“Even though closures are never a welcome sight, the restriction is driving us closer to completion of a project that began with planning, 13 years ago. These improvements were needed to replace an aging bridge and improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists,” said Shan Gunawardena, Director of Public Works. “Anytime a major road closes, it is a significant inconvenience, and so we ask that motorists be patient, slow down and allow for extra travel time using the marked detour.”
Work during the 60-day closure is part of Phase lll of the project. It will connect the pavement to the existing road on both the east and west ends of the new bridge. Additional work includes tying in storm sewers, sidewalks, the trail and completing work on the northern half of the new bridge.
Phase lV of the project will include lighting, restoration and landscaping.
The project completion is this fall.
About the project
The project replaces a bridge that’s nearly 90 years old. Since building the original bridge, Federal regulations evolved, and to meet today’s Federal flood requirements, the height of the new bridge must be more than seven feet higher. The new bridge is south of the existing road to minimize the impact of the new elevation on the neighborhood. The current State Boulevard will become a residential street for the neighborhood.
The new bridge and street enhancements will protect the neighborhood from flooding while improving safety for motorists by realigning the roadway to take out a severe curve, the site of an excessive number of accidents.
The project features enhancements for motorists, pedestrians and residents of the area. Pedestrian improvements include crosswalks, a sidewalk on one side of the road and a trail on the other. The pedestrian infrastructure is separated from vehicle traffic by a park strip. A bridge will cross State to connect the north/south sides of the Pufferbelly Trail.
For motorists, the improvements include an extra travel lane in each direction, the realignment of the road to soften the curve, and a center turn lane where needed.
Aesthetic improvements include landscaping on both sides of the roadway and a center median, additional green space with trees between the new road and the old street, and ornamental street lighting throughout the project.
The $8.18 million investment is funded 80 percent by the Federal government and 20 percent by the City.