Shriners Boulevard closure now set to begin April 6
Mother Nature and Father Time have pushed back the closure of Shriners Boulevard to April 6 at 8 a.m.
The roadway was originally set to close on April 1 for drainage work but recent heavy rain impeded the completion of a temporary bypass road, which needs to be finished before contractors can close Shriners Boulevard.
“Weather is one of the top reasons for missed milestones in construction and with all the rain we have seen lately, construction delay was inevitable,” said Bobby Carson of the city’s Engineering Department. “Holidays also play a part and since April 2 is Good Friday and many businesses close for the holiday, April 6 was decided on as the new start date for the Shriners Boulevard work to begin.”
Work on Shriners Boulevard will take place along a small portion of the roadway, about 10 yards, where contractors will dig deep, installing two culverts – each 10-foot by six-foot tall by 58-foot long – six-feet deep.
The project is part of a $1.4 million drainage improvement plan that has recently seen work completed along Woolmarket Road to Old Highway 67 and soon the completion of a temporary detour route for local traffic only, no trucks, to accommodate businesses near the Shriners-Woolmarket intersection.
The project is expected to be complete in 60 days and the roadway is set to open to traffic on June 6 at 6 a.m., weather permitting.