4/8/2012: Lead / Coal Switcheroo is coming!

You may have noticed some One Way signs going up on Lead and Coal--remember, Lead was one way headed west, and Coal was one way headed east?  

Well the construction project that has been both a pain in the neck (roads closed, no left turns, noisy construction) and a boon (fewer cars driving through, lower crime, a nice "pedestrian" street) is finishing up. 

Lead and Coal will soon go back to their original configuration:


Beginning the evening of April 4, 2012, SUNDAY APRIL 8, 2012 *** Coal Avenue SE from I-25 to Washington will have one lane open for eastbound traffic so that crews can install the final layer of asphalt to the roadway and re-stripe Coal as a one-way road in its final configuration. Westbound traffic will be re-routed to Lead Avenue SE from I-25 to Washington. One lane of traffic will be open on Lead while construction continues.

This work is expected to last through the end of May.--read more at the Lead Coal website -->

We'll ultimately have two lanes in each direction, PLUS a bike lane to go along with the improved sidewalks, landscaping, and though not as visible, but just as important, improved sewers.


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Comment by JeSais on April 2, 2012 at 9:53am

it's just as easy for me to remember Lead goes West and Coal goes East :-)

Comment by Mi3ke on April 2, 2012 at 12:25pm

And the mountain is in the east.

Cheers, Mi3ke

Comment by Dee Cohen on April 2, 2012 at 12:34pm

I had to remind myself by saying, 'Lead leads downtown'...Lead leads downtown..' until it was firmly rooted in my brain. I think!

Comment by Krista on April 2, 2012 at 10:19pm

YES!  We've been so looking forward to the end.  And Coal/Lead look gorgeous now--what used to be a pretty ugly, depressing corridor is now beautiful and just "feels" better.  :)  Thanks, as always for the updates!

Comment by Miss Minie on April 2, 2012 at 10:23pm

Haha, I always remembered that lead is heavy, so lead goes down(town) :)

Comment by JeSais on April 3, 2012 at 7:48pm

UPDATE:  the switcheroo is delayed until Sunday night April 8--  rain / snow has delayed the planned paving

Comment by cc on April 4, 2012 at 8:54pm

Thanks for posting this. I remember what Ben Moffett would say, Coal fires up, Lead melts down.


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