Reconstruction of 24th Street expected to start in May
Disruptions to traffic flow down 24th Street are inevitable, but project leaders say they hope to make the impact minimal as construction begins.
Citizens will start to see signage go up for the first phase of construction as early as May.
The project will include wider lanes, a longer turning lane at Joliet near the school and smooth paved driveway entrances for every business and residence between the railroad tracks on Quincy to the railroad tracks on Columbia.
“It’s going to be a vast improvement over that corrugated, bumpy, narrow road that we call 24th Street,” said Mayor Charles Starnes during Wednesday night’s information meeting about the project, which is engineered by Parkhill and constructed by Houston-based Webber, LLC.
The project was originally anticipated to last 18 months. Starnes said the companies are working to cut that timeline in half.
Kyle Jackson, project manager for Parkhill, said construction will be broken into two phases with the north half of the roadway set to be constructed first. During construction, first eastbound and later westbound traffic on 24th St. will be cut down to a one-way road with detours.