MLK Road Project
The $2.67 million project will completely reconstruct the road’s surface, update underground utilities, widen sidewalks, install decorative lighting features and landscaping and add on-street parking on the east side of the roadway.
PHASE 1: Intersection of Magnolia Avenue
Construction began in mid-August 2019 at the Magnolia Avenue intersection. This location was selected as the starting point because the underground pipes are deepest in that area.
The intersection will be completely closed north/south and east/west. Local traffic is permitted from Orange Ave. north to the work zone and from ISB south to the work zone.
All through traffic will be routed around the area via Orange Ave., US 1, ISB and Lockhart St. Pedestrian access will be maintained to the businesses within the work zone.
Phase 1 was expected to take less than one month to complete. However, once work began, with this area having some of the oldest infrastructure in the city and, as expected, a reinforced concrete cylinder reuse pipe that could be almost 100 years old was found when they began work to unearth the piping system that will be replaced at the intersection. The pipe is unusual and not typically used in today’s underground utility construction industry. The removal of this pipe caused a delay in the project as well as the ongoing rain that occurred in October. There also was a redesign of the project that caused a delay with Phase One. After residents voiced concerns about the placement of manholes in traffic lanes and extending the availability of reclaimed water, the city worked with engineers to redesign underground utility lines to address those concerns. The redesign is expected to shift sewer lines to the east and into the parking areas along the side of the roadway. This adjustment will move most of the manhole covers from traffic lanes. Reclaimed water will also be made available to the landscaped bump-outs and to property owners from Orange Avenue to International Speedway Blvd.
PHASE 2: Orange Avenue to Magnolia Avenue
The section from Orange Ave. to Magnolia will be the next phase and work is expected to take about three months.
Local access for motorists is expected; however, access may be limited by some points by construction activity. In this case, access will be re-routed. Safe and ADA compliant pedestrian access will be maintained.
PHASE 3: International Speedway Blvd. to Magnolia Avenue
Similar to Phase 2, this section is expected to take three months and access for local traffic is anticipated throughout the duration unless construction activity creates unsafe driving conditions.