Work continues on the 1st Avenue East project.
Last year, significant progress was made on the pedestrian underpass between 29th Street and 32nd Street. Crews removed the old railroad bridge, constructed temporary travel lanes, and worked on underground utilities throughout the winter. Work has resumed on the construction of the new pedestrian underpass, as well as utility and pedestrian improvements, which will be completed during the 2021 construction season.
Starting next week, utility work will be underway at the 32nd Street intersection, restricting 1st Avenue traffic from turning east onto 32nd Street Drive SE. These intersection restrictions are only anticipated to last approximately one week.
The full project stretches from 27th Street to 34nd Street. Lane reductions and temporary side-street closures will take place throughout the project area for the duration of the construction season. Access to businesses will be maintained.
In addition to completing the pedestrian underpass, the work this year will also include realigning the 27th Street intersection to improve sight visibility and reduce crashes. Several pedestrian safety enhancements are part of the overall 1st Avenue project, including: new pedestrian-friendly traffic signals at 27th Street, 29th Street, and 32nd Street; sidewalk repairs; ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps at all intersections; and the completion of the ADA-compliant pedestrian path under 1st Avenue, with continuous LED lighting.