Street and drainage improvements for the bustling Memorial Drive and North Eldridge Parkway intersection are progressing, entering a new phase of its traffic control plan.
Southbound Eldridge motorists have been navigating construction at the busy intersection by using two lanes that opened in December.
Meanwhile, work by the District to revamp and transform the Eldridge Parkway and Memorial Drive intersection into a safer, more inviting place for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike is taking shape. The District took advantage of the massive Memorial Drive reconstruction project to redesign the intersection at Eldridge and then build it concurrently with the city’s road and drainage work there.
Linking the city and District projects was a way to improve traffic movements and pedestrian safety at the District’s intersection, explains Fabiana Demarie, urban planner for the District, which is tightly coordinating its sidewalk, crossing and beautification work with the city and its contractor.
Motorists can expect upcoming traffic switches along Eldridge Parkway, as work proceeds on the road median removal, along with installation of sanitary sewer lines and temporary pavement. The recent traffic plan switch allowed construction to commence on the southeast corner of the intersection.
Motorists are advised to check mobile electronic signs along the route for road closures and lane realignments and to use caution at all times. The City also recommends non-local traffic to find an alternative route when possible.
While reconstructing Memorial Drive into a four-lane thoroughfare from Kirkwood Road to Eldridge Parkway, the city project is also installing new curbs, gutters, traffic signals, wheelchair ramps, driveways, sidewalks, street lighting and thousands of linear feet of storm drainage pipes, waterlines and sanitary sewer lines. The project will bring the roadway up to the city’s major thoroughfare standards, while improving stormwater drainage capacity.
At the Eldridge intersection, a significant enhancement to storm drainage is underway. A large, a triple 10- by 10-foot bridge-rated box culvert is being installed under Memorial Drive to handle storm flows along Turkey Creek.
Beginning Monday, February 25th, Dairy Ashford Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction in order to complete critical utility work at the intersection with Memorial Drive, and is planned to be completed by Thursday, March 28th. Future intermittent, short-duration, off-peak lane closures will be necessary to complete minor work in the intersection.
The Memorial Drive reconstruction effort is being carefully monitored by the City staff members and Council Member Greg Travis office. Staff members from Travis’s office, City project team and the District continue to meet monthly with the contractor to review lane closure plans and timelines, while seeking ways to reduce inconveniences to the community.
Find more details about the Memorial Drive reconstruction project, including the plans, by visiting the City Council District G website here.
To see the District’s redesign of the North Eldridge Parkway/Memorial Drive intersection, visit here.