Why did the City close the intersection at Range Line Road and Carmel Drive again?
This a relatively short closure, 3 weeks at the most. We are going back in to install new raised crosswalks that have been in place at other Range Line Road crossing points. These crosswalks will make it safer for the hundreds of people who will be living nearby and the hundreds more a little south in City Center and Midtown.
“While it would have been ideal to do it in April, these projects by law have to be bid to contractors.”
Why do it now? Most businesses were closed when we began and only just now are starting to reopen. It is the perfect time to do these kinds of improvements, as opposed to when more businesses reopen. While it would have been ideal to do it in April, these projects by law have to be bid to contractors. It takes them a few weeks to mobilize and get started. We started the process to get it done as quickly as possible after the closures were announced.
In addition, by closing the intersection for a short period of time the length of construction can be shortened by as much, in some cases, seventy-five percent. We understand that many small and large business owners are under stress now as is everyone. That is why we installed additional signage to let people know that businesses were still open and we gave advance notice to nearby businesses so that they could communicate with their customers.
Authored by Laura Campbell, Sue Finkam, Kevin Rider, Jeff Worrell, Tim Hannon, Bruce Kimball, Miles Nelson, Anthony Green and Adam Aasen.