A week or two after completing the sewer repair work that closed 11 Street from Broadway to First Avenue, the city is moving a block west and closing 11 from Front Avenue to Broadway for similar repairs.
The block will close Monday, according to city Director of Engineering Donna Newman, and should remain closed for about a month.
“Of course, that all depends on what we find down there,” Newman said. “You remember we ran into problems with the other one.”
The project on that block took about three months because of the depth of the problem and the fact that just as they thought they were wrapping things up, workers discovered a second problem area east of the original.
The signals on Broadway will be switched to flashing red (tantamount to stop signs) to accommodate the few delivery trucks that will have abbreviated access to 11, and pedestrian traffic, Newman said.
“The detour will be around to Ninth Street,” Newman said, “because that will be the only way out.”
The block between Front and Broadway carries significantly less traffic than the block between Broadway and First, 1,970 vs. 3,260, according to the city traffic map.
Meanwhile, work is slated to being in about a month on the project to restore two-way traffic to 10 Street, which is currently one-way going west. Newman said the city has all the Department of Transportation permits they need to begin work, so they can start installing signage, signals, painting new lane markings and doing whatever repaving the project will require.
“We will probably do it in stages,” Newman said.