University Boulevard construction to impact homecoming weekend

BY JORDAN OTERO
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Homecoming weekend traffic may be disrupted this weekend as construction to resurface University Boulevard begins Thursday.

The Herald-Star reported Wednesday that the $869,450 project will start near the Sesame Grill restaurant and is expected to be finished at the Brady Avenue interchange in late November.

“This will be an inconvenience, but I think everyone who travels University Boulevard realizes the need for this work to be done as soon as possible,” city engineer Michael Dolak told the Herald-Star.

Dolak said that traffic on University Boulevard will be limited to one lane in each direction during the construction period. He encouraged drivers to seek alternate routes, asking that motorists drive slowly if it is necessary to travel on University Boulevard.

A law enforcement officer will be on duty to help regulate traffic of the approximately 15,000 vehicles that daily travel University Boulevard.

The project will not only feature new asphalt for the busy road, but will also include the installation of curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a pedestrian cross walk at the University Boulevard and Woodlawn Road intersection, the repair of damaged drainage structures, upgraded ground-mounted traffic signals and new pavement markings, Dolak explained to the Herald-Star.

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