Thursday June 11, 2009

Stewart Street Reconstruction

Stewart Street improvements begin Monday, June 15; design includes wider lanes, decorative lighting, a landscaped boulevard and better access for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Lane closures begin Monday, June 15, for the first phase of the Stewart Street reconstruction project, between Main Street and South Patterson Boulevard.

One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction, but the bike path on the south side of the street will be closed throughout construction; sidewalks on the north side will remain open, said Rick Perales, the University's director of planning.

The project's second phase, between Main and Brown streets, begins later in the summer. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction, Perales said. Sidewalks will be closed throughout construction on the north side of the street, but the bike path on the south side of the street will remain open. The third phase, on the street's center lane, will start in the fall. Completion is slated for December with the reopening of the Stewart Street Bridge.

City planners, contractors and utilities have worked closely with UD to achieve a design that will provide an attractive complement to the University's "front gate" area between Patterson Boulevard and Brown Street, Perales said.

Improvements include lane widening, decorative lighting, a landscaped boulevard between Patterson Boulevard and Main Street, and bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly access.