Geist Road Rehabilitation
Scope of Project: Rehabilitate one mile of Geist Road from Loftus/Thompson Drive to University Avenue. Work includes new asphalt pavement and signing, upgrading traffic signals and sidewalk curb ramps, and cleaning drainage structures and ditches.
Schedule: Project will start in early May with first impacts to traffic in mid-May, after the school season.
What Problems Will this Project Improve?
- New pavement will reduce annual maintenance costs and provide an improved driving surface for the 19,000 drivers who travel this route daily. The existing surface is 24 years old and approaching the end of its useful service life.
- Drainage improvements will reduce the ponds and puddles that develop on the road after snowmelt or major rainstorms and help preserve the integrity of the new pavement.
- Pedestrians who are visually or mobility impaired will have improved access at sidewalk crossings through the installation of gradually sloped ramps and detectible warning tiles.
- Signal equipment is aging and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. Upgrades will utilize new technologies that reduce maintenance costs and disruptions to traffic if malfunctions occur.
Will there be changes to existing traffic patterns?
No- only temporary changes during construction.
How will traffic, property owners and businesses be impacted during construction?
- If you live, work, or travel through this part of town, you will be affected by this construction project.
- The greatest impacts to traffic will be during active construction when the pavement is removed and replaced.
- Local traffic can expect delays and inconveniences, but access to businesses and residential areas will be maintained throughout construction.
- Drivers who use Geist Road as a through route are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes during construction (Parks Highway, Airport Way, University Avenue).
- Message boards will be posted several days in advance of significant activities so drivers can plan alternate routes.
- The overall intent is to minimize the number of days of impacts to the traveling public. This may mean working long hours to complete the project as quickly as possible. Based on the volume of traffic and the number of businesses in the project corridor – anything we do in the area will cause congestion and delays. We intend to work in a way that limits the total duration – rather than smaller interruptions spread out over the entire construction season.