Reconstruction will force closure of Grand from June 24-Aug. 15
Reconstruction on Grand Avenue will close some intersections and open others in the days ahead.
Tentative plans call for the completion of the Baker Street and Grand intersection by Friday, June 21, after which it will be opened to traffic.
Beginning Monday, June 24, the Mapleleaf Drive and Grand Avenue intersection will be entirely closed down. Traffic will not be allowed north of Monroe Street (the viaduct is just north of the Monroe-Grand intersection).
DeLong Construction, general contractor for the project, will be removing all concrete at the Grand-Mapleleaf intersection, placing engineering fabric and sub-base rock with temporary surfacing.
The Mapleleaf intersection will reopen by the evening of July 3 for east-west traffic.
Storm sewer will be installed south across Mapleleaf Drive while the grading crew is working in the intersection.
It is anticipated that Grand Avenue will be closed from June 24-Aug. 15 for grading and paving crews to complete the section down to and including the Mapleleaf Drive intersection.
Grand’s intersections with Baker and Winfield Drive will remain open until the Mapleleaf and Grand intersection is reopened.
All businesses and industry located east of Grand Avenue are asked to alert delivery and semi-truck drivers that beginning June 24, they should start using either the Winfield to Iris Street or Washington to Iris routes for traffic. The frontage road on the east side of Grand, between Mapleleaf and Winfield, will remain open to access all businesses on the east side of Grand.
Warner Engineering, the engineering firm for the project, is urging traffic traveling in the construction area to slow down and drive with caution. Warner said there have been several near accidents and is concerned for the safety of the construction workers and the general public.
The engineering firm noted that the tentative schedule is aggressive and weather may impact progress.
In a second road construction matter, South Iris Street will be closed at Linden Drive beginning today. People wishing to travel to East lake Park or the airport are asked to use 255th Street. The reconstruction project could last until mid-August, city officials said.