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At 8 p.m. on Sunday night, July 31, 2011, Coal will open to two-way traffic and Lead will close to thru traffic between University and Washington as crews mark an important project milestone – completion of construction on Coal. At this time, construction is one month ahead of schedule. During construction on Lead, Coal Avenue will have one lane of traffic in each direction.
Motorists will be able to turn left at five intersections with working traffic signals: 1) Coal at University; 2) Coal at Yale; 3) Coal at Girard; 4) Coal at Carlisle; and 5) Coal at Washington. Two crews will work on the project. One crew has been at work on Lead between I-25 and University since May 2011 and will complete that section sometime this fall. A second crew will begin at University and head east on Lead. Regular work hours will be Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., although crews may work longer hours or on weekends as needed. Construction will include removing roadway, installing larger storm drainage pipeline, restoring roadway and installing new curb and gutter, sidewalks and landscaping. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destinations, exercise caution in the construction zone, pay attention to construction signage and use an alternative route if possible. NO on-street parking will be allowed on Coal or Lead in the construction zone. Construction on Lead is expected to last through spring 2012.
FYI: Project Is One Month Ahead of Schedule at This Time; On Track for Completion in Spring 2012