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Vernon street work starts Friday

Published 11:24am Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Planned work for the Vernon Avenue street project might be completed by mid-October, which would be a couple weeks ahead of the original Nov. 1 target. Work on the project starts this week.

Road closures in the area will allow for more efficient work and should reduce the overall construction time by about two to three weeks and have the work wrapped up by about Oct. 18, according to a memo from City Engineer Dan Edwards.

“As long as the weather continues to cooperate,” he said.

Plans for the project include replacing the water main on Vernon from Court Street through the Cascade Street intersection, and replacing the sanitary sewer from Court to Mill Street. The underground work and the first layer of bituminous work will be done this fall. The final bituminous would go on next construction season as planned.

The original plan was to maintain traffic in the project area for most the construction period. But now, the area will be closed to all traffic, except necessary local access traffic, and detours will be in place. The basis for the decision was to reduce the potential for vehicle conflicts with equipment operations and also increase safety for the contractor’s crew and the traveling public.

This week, prep work for pavement removal will start, with isolated traffic control in the specific operations area. Major traffic control signage (for closures and detours) will be up in the project area.

Construction on Vernon will start the week of Sept. 9, along with the road closure and detour. The initial road closure will be on Vernon from Union Avenue to west of the Cascade intersection. The detour will have southbound traffic on Union from Vernon to Channing Avenue and then eastbound traffic on Channing from Union to Pebble Lake Road.

The Cascade and Vernon intersection will remain open during the initial weeks of the project. However, traffic signals will flash red throughout project construction, creating a four-way stop. The intersection will eventually close so construction can be completed. This will add a detour of westbound traffic on Vernon which would be directed onto Sheridan Street and Washington Avenue while the intersection is closed.

On-street parking will be removed from the narrowest section of Union Avenue (Alcott Avenue to Channing) to increase visibility and safety during the detour, especially through the school zone.

The city anticipates local drivers will find their own routes around the affected areas and that only through traffic will follow the designated detours. Traffic will increase on the detour routes, but the city believes it will be manageable for the short-term duration of the project.

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