Final Stage of Garage Demo Closes One Block of Fourth Street Week of Nov. 4

(BLOOMINGTON) – Demolition of the Fourth Street Garage is proceeding on schedule, with the last bay of the garage to be removed by Saturday, November 2, and the removal of the elevator and stair shafts that are connected to the elevated pedestrian bridge set to begin Monday, November 4. 

A crane will be positioned on Fourth Street to assist with this final stage of the demolition.

As a safety precaution, Fourth Street will be closed to through traffic between South College Avenue and South Walnut Street during business hours from Monday, November 4 through Friday, November 8.

While the demolition is expected to be completed within two to three days (with the road reopening when work is complete), the construction team has requested a full week of potential closure to mitigate against unforeseen issues.

Local access to Fourth Street will be open from College (on the west end of the block) and patrons of businesses on Fourth Street will be allowed to park west of the alley.  Pedestrian access will be maintained on the sidewalk along the south side of Fourth Street. The closure of the street to through traffic will be in effect only during working hours, and barricades will be removed each night.  

The City of Bloomington and F.A. Wilhelm continue to plan for the next phases of construction upon completion of the demolition, including the relocation and upgrading of critical utility infrastructure serving the community surrounding the project.

Several major infrastructure improvement projects are nearing completion this season:

Crews installed retaining walls and new sidewalk on the south side of Moores Pike from South Woodruff Lane to College Mall Road this week.  Funding for the Moores Pike Sidewalk Project was allocated by the Common Council’s sidewalk committee and approved by the Board of Public Works August 7.  The project is scheduled for completion by the end of November 2019, weather permitting. More information about the project is available here.

Construction of the missing gap in the existing multi-use path along the north side of West Second Street/West Bloomfield Road between South Adams Street and South Patterson Drive is nearing completion.  The installation of the signalization poles at Bloomfield and Landmark as well as Second and Patterson was completed this week. The federally-funded project is included in the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO). Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). More information about the Second & Bloomfield Multimodal Safety Project is available here.    

Work continues on the  17th Street Reconstruction Project with the installation of stormwater utilities and the completion of underground utility installation.  The project to add pedestrian infrastructure and roadway improvements along this busy corridor is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.  Next week crews will continue the installation of curbs from the roundabout to North Lindbergh Lane. This project requires a full closure of West 17th Street from the roundabout at Arlington Road to the Vernal Pike/17th Street overpass.  All through traffic, including pedestrians, must use an alternate route due to safety concerns.  More information about the project can be found here.