Update on Campbell Avenue
We’ve had a difficult few months downtown with major disruption to traffic due to construction work centered on Campbell Avenue. It’s been really frustrating for retailers and customers alike, but hopefully it will be worth it when all is finished and the new movie house opens early in the fall.
Here’s the latest from the UDA:
Campbell Avenue Construction Update
July 17, 2008
As we see the end in sight for the construction work, we’d like to provide an update on the remaining timeline for the Campbell Avenue closure.
Beginning Friday, July 18, Campbell Avenue will be open to College Street and a left-turn will be available onto College.
By the following Friday, July 25, the Campbell/College intersection is expected to be completely open with left and right turns available onto College.
Campbell Avenue will have to remain closed north of the College Street intersection to complete repair work underneath Campbell and for construction of curb and gutter and sidewalk on Campbell between College and Olive.
Without too much additional bad weather, we anticipate this phase of the project to be completed by mid-August and Campbell can be fully re-opened to through traffic in time for the opening of Missouri State classes. If it is possible to temporarily re-open Campbell with at least one lane for the August First Friday Artwalk, we will work with the contractor on that.
In addition to the significant weather problems that caused delays throughout the spring and summer, there have been other factors that have contributed to the later-than-expected re-opening of Campbell. The primary factor has been the discovery of significantly worse sub-surface conditions under Campbell than anticipated at the start of the project. During the course of their work, the contractors have discovered a large amount of out-of-service utility infrastructure of many types – phone, water, sanitary sewer, electric, etc. Each time one of these utility issues has been uncovered, contractors have had to notify the appropriate utility and wait for inspections to make sure the utilities were not live for the safety of the work crews and to not disrupt service to customers.
The condition of the sub-surface also was worse than expected, likely as a result of the repeated construction projects for utilities, etc., over the years. So, it is requiring a higher degree of reconstruction than anticipated to improve the sub-surface before the final surface improvements are made. The process of replacing and “retiring” these utilities will greatly reduce the likelihood of needing to close Campbell for utility work in the future.
Once Campbell re-opens in mid-August, there will be no further full closures necessary on Campbell. Work on the Streetscapes surrounding College Station will continue into the fall and will necessitate some short-term partial side-street closures and potentially a short-term full closure on Market north of Olive. We will notify you of those schedules when they are more specific.
On behalf of the UDA, City staff and the contractors, we sincerely apologize for the inconveniences caused by the project, and particularly the delay of completion, for the businesses and customers. We hope that the final results will create both aesthetic and infrastructure improvements that will benefit the downtown area for many years to come. We look forward to celebrating the opening of the Hollywood Theaters this fall and the resulting traffic it will bring to the area.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact UDA at 831-6200.