Since April 2014, the primary focus of work for the Bridge over Broad project has been the relocation of existing water, sewer, gas, electric and communication lines, which must be moved to make way for the new construction.
To minimize interruptions of these services, Bell and Associates Construction is performing the relocation in phases. Each phase will consist of installing the new lines in an area, switching services from the old to the new, and then removing the old lines. This work will continue into next year. Once the lines are relocated, construction will begin on the retaining walls and ramps.
In addition to the utility work, storm drainage improvements are being made along the east side of Broad Street and grading operations have begun on the southeast and southwest corners of the intersection.
In preparation for the utility and grading work, the intersection of College Street and Memorial Boulevard was closed on April 16. The closure permanently eliminates access to and from College Street at its intersection with Memorial. College Street is accessible from north of downtown via St. Clair Street and from south of downtown via Main Street.
A temporary signal has been installed at Kings Highway and will remain operational until near the end of construction. The signal assists motorists making a right turn on Kings Highway to avoid congestion at the Broad and Memorial intersection.
The current traffic pattern at Broad and Memorial will remain in effect until spring of 2015. In observance of the July 4 holiday, there will be no lane closures between 6 a.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Monday, July 7. Contract crews will also avoid lane closures during the Uncle Dave Macon Days Old Time Music and Dance Festival, scheduled July 11-13 at Cannonsburgh Village. Motorists are still advised to use caution through the work zone area.