(BLOOMINGTON) – The project to repair crosswalks and install bollards on Kirkwood Avenue has proceeded to the intersection with Washington Street this week.
The intersection has been closed to traffic and the block of Washington south of Kirkwood has been temporarily converted to a two-way street to allow access to affected businesses from Fourth Street.
The project has already installed a new north-south crosswalk on the west side of Indiana Avenue, which will be reopened at Kirkwood on Friday, April 17, weather permitting. The intersection at Kirkwood and Grant is also currently under construction and closed to traffic.
The Kirkwood Avenue Maintenance Project is replacing the deteriorating brick crosswalks at each intersection and installing removable bollard barriers to restrict traffic during street fairs and festivals.
Throughout the project, traffic will be able to flow through the intersections not under construction. By design no two adjacent intersections will be closed simultaneously, to allow for deliveries and traffic to access businesses and residences in the area.
In all, 18 curb ramps and 18 stamped concrete crosswalks at Indiana, Dunn, Grant, Lincoln, and Washington are scheduled for installation by June 1.
After milling and paving the entire length of Kirkwood, the project is expected to be complete by the end of July. More information is available here.
Originally scheduled to begin in mid-May, the project’s timeline was moved forward in light of the suspension of in-person classes for the spring semester at Indiana University and the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order to minimize disruption once the retail economy resumes.
The City is implementing and working with contractors to implement CDC protocols regarding physical distancing, hygiene, and disinfection of vehicles and equipment to protect workers and prevent community transmission of COVID-19.