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New & Improved Stadium Way Open to Cars and Bikes
Stadium Way is open today - just in time for doors to open at Stadium High School for the 2013-14 school year, and not a moment too soon for drivers whose daily commutes have been disrupted all summer.
Cars and bicycles can enjoy the new and improved roadway, minus the potholes and questionable lane markings, and plus new pavement, bike lanes, street lighting upgrades, and landscaping, including a rain garden to help with stormwater management. Another new addition is a traffic signal at South 4th Street, which depending on your commute, may or may not feel like an improvement. Landscaping plantings will arrive soon.
Pedestrians will have to wait a little longer for the completion of new handrails, upgraded ADA-accessible sidewalks, benches, garbage cans, and other pedestrian street amenities, but it's bound to be a more enjoyable walk when those upgrades are completed later this month.
Aside from the obvious problems with the old road, under the surface Stadium Way was structurally unsound, with decades of poorly un-engineered fill holding up the road along the steep hillside. That sub-structure was improved, in coordination with new sewer lines, stormwater lines and other utilities; and seven retaining walls, including the big one along Schuster Parkway, were replaced. Most of the cost of the project was covered by federal grants, with the City picking up the remainder.
Did you enjoy an improved commute this morning?
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