The city will close Lake Avenue to thru traffic 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday while workers complete construction of a new sidewalk running parallel to the street and a pedestrian island that will be located in the middle of the street. Lake Avenue will be widened to make room for the new island, which will give pedestrians crossing the street a safe place to wait until traffic clears.
Area businesses and residents will be notified, and electronic message boards will be set up to alert motorists.
The $125,000 project provides a connection between sidewalks along 41st Street and Roland-Grise Middle School, giving students from nearby neighborhoods such as Lincoln Forest and Victoria Place a safe path to and from school each day. The project includes approximately 2,000 feet of new sidewalk, a new crosswalk and the pedestrian refuge island. The project, which began in mid-December, is scheduled to be complete by the end of this month.
Prior to installation, children going to and from Roland-Grise had to walk in or near the road and cross a street with a significant amount of traffic.
Funding for the project comes from the Transportation Bond approved by voters in 2006. While many areas of the city need sidewalks, priority is placed on linking major sections of existing sidewalks and serving areas that are near schools, hospitals and assisted living facilities.