Updated June 9, 2017
Trail open at Cedar Avenue
As of 2 pm today, the Midtown Greenway trail has reopened at the Cedar Avenue (County Road 152) bridge location. The trail was closed at this location since Monday for crews to work on watermain pipes crossing the trail.
This work involved installing new watermain pipes to replace the seasonal pipes that were previously suspended beneath the old bridge deck. Crews will continue with watermain work next week at this location, moving up the north slope of the corridor. This work should have minimal impact on trail users.
This is expected to be the last major trail closure at Cedar Avenue until later this summer.
The trail also remains open at Portland Avenue.
Moving forward, the trail will be reduced to 10 feet at this location. It will also be shifted to the south side of the corridor for the time being.
The trail surface now has temporary pavement. This makes it safer, compared to gravel, for people using rollerblades, skateboards or similar recreational equipment with smaller wheels. But, trail users should still use caution while traveling on this segment of the trail. Temporary pavement conditions may not be as smooth as other parts of the path.
Foundation and pier work at Portland Avenue
Crews continued installing parts of the foundation for the new bridge at Portland Avenue (County Road 35) this week. Crews are using specialized techniques for this work to avoid hammering and other activity that may cause vibrations that could impact adjacent properties.
Crews also started preparing to construct the bridge piers (vertical supports) this week at Portland. Crews have already completed the first pier for Cedar Avenue bridge.
The piers for both bridges were designed to be adaptable. The appearance of the piers will match the historic architecture of the other bridges in the corridor. However, they are not needed to support the structure of the bridge and can be removed to accommodate possible future transit use along the corridor.
As the reconstruction of both bridges at Portland and Cedar avenues enters its second month, traffic patterns are settling in and congestion has begun to ease.
Crews have made a number of refinements to detour signage, barricades, and other traffic control measures to improve traffic flow and safety around the construction area.
We will continue to observe traffic patterns and safety conditions throughout the project, making adjustments, as needed.
We welcome productive feedback and encourage you to contact the project with input or observations.