The widening of Primrose Street between South Avenue and Kimbrough Avenue is going to require the closure and rebuilding of three parking lot entrances at Kickapoo High School.
The construction crews will try to make the disruptions last only one day per parking lot driveway.
“The timing of the driveway reconstructions will revolve around school traffic,” project manager Andrew Flippin said in a statement. “As soon as we see parking lot traffic die down, we’ll close a driveway and get to work.”
According to the city, the closures will take place in this manner:
- Beginning 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, the west “entrance” driveway will close and is expected to reopen by 7 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 29. For traffic entering the parking lot off Primrose on Wednesday afternoon, please use the driveway east of the sports fields. This will be a designated entrance on Wednesday afternoon. The entrance off Jefferson will be accessible from the north as well.
- Beginning 8:00 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, the east “exit” driveway will close and is expected to reopen by 7 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30. For traffic exiting the parking lot off Primrose on Thursday afternoon, please use the driveway east of the sports fields. This will be a designated exit as usual. The entrance off Jefferson will be accessible to the north as well.
- Beginning 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 29, the access road east of the sports fields will close and is expected to reopen by 7 a.m., Friday, August 30.
Flippin said that the project is still on schedule.
“We’re still on track to reopen Jefferson Avenue, north of Primrose, within the estimated 30-day timeframe,” Flippin said. “Road grading work has progressed and the public can expect to see paving along the north side of the project in the first weeks of September.”
Night and weekend closures of Primrose are likely to take place over the next few months as the project progresses, and drivers are encouraged to avoid the area if it’s possible.
“We are continually working to keep the area safe and to make sure traffic doesn’t backup and affect other roadways. Our ultimate goal is to relieve some of the traffic congestion with the completion of this project,” Flippin said.