Park Avenue will close between Grand Street and Page Street beginning at 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17 for utility work related to the Grand Street Bridge improvement project.
Motorists are encouraged to continue to utilize the marked detour around construction by way of Kansas Expressway, Bennett Street, Scenic Avenue and Mount Vernon Street.
The Grand Street Bridge over Jordan Creek Improvement project will involve the widening of Grand Street to three lanes from Kansas Expressway to Park Avenue, improving both traffic and pedestrian safety. It will include the addition of a center turn lane, upgraded stormwater infrastructure, stream restoration, an improved railroad crossing and the construction of a new bridge over Jordan Creek. The area, widely used by pedestrians, will also include a new sidewalk on the south side of Grand Street and a multi-use path on the north side that will tie into the existing Ozark Greenways trail system.
The Grand Street Bridge project was identified by citizens as their No. 1 priority in need of improvement in the 2015 city-wide transportation survey. The current estimated cost of the project is $2.9 million and will be funded by the voter-approved 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax. Completion of the project is anticipated for fall.
For more information, contact Public Works project manager Jonathan Peitz at 864-1994 or [email protected].