The city is in the planning stages
of a major project to improve road safety on Albany Avenue, officials
The $12 million to $15 million project
includes traffic and pedestrian safety improvements, lane reconfigurations,
roadway resurfacing and drainage improvement from Homestead Avenue
and Westbourne Parkway to Garden Street.
Also, there will be streetscape improvements
such as new sidewalks, brick pavers between the sidewalks and the
curb, new curbs, ornamental lighting and street trees.
Finally, the project includes parking
improvements and direction changes to the one-way streets of Irving,
Magnolia, Edgewood, Cabot, Lennox and Sterling. A cul-de-sac will
be created on the north end of Burton Street, removing access from
Burton Street to Albany Avenue. Burton Street will then be converted
to a two-way road.
About $2 million of the project cost
will be paid by the Metropolitan District Commission. It is anticipated
that the Federal Highway Administration will provide 80 percent
of the remaining project construction cost, with the state providing
The city will be responsible for all
costs associated with the design of the project.
The city has scheduled an open house
March 21 at 6 p.m. as a forum to explain the project to the public
and to listen to neighborhood concerns. The event will take place
at the Artists Collective at 1200 Albany Ave.
People who are deaf or have impaired
hearing and wish to attend this meeting may make arrangements for
an interpreter by contacting the Department of Transportation's
office of communications at 860-594-3062 at least five work days
before the meeting.
Anyone interested in obtaining further
information or providing input may do so by contacting John McGrane,
city engineer, at 860-522-4888, Ext. 6525.
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