When will the Grant Avenue Parkway roundabout near Parkview High School open

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The city announced this week that the first section of Grant Avenue Parkway, including a roundabout near Parkview High School, will be completed in the fall. Classes start August 22.

Work is continuing, with part of Grant Avenue expected to remain blocked for next month.

Public Works Project Manager Leree Reece said work started between Ildereen Street and Catalpa Street in mid-May.

The contractor, Radmacher Brothers Excavating Company, closed a single lane off Grant Avenue to begin utility work. The carriageway section was completely closed to traffic after the last day of classes in May.

“We are pleased with the progress made so far and pleased that we are on schedule for this very important first stretch of the walk,” Reece said in a press release. “We are on a fairly strict schedule due to school traffic, so it was essential that we completely close the street so that crews could work quickly, safely and efficiently.”

The roundabout will be at the southwest end of the Parkview campus and between the high school and JFK Stadium.

When completed, the new circular intersection will connect to Chrisman Drive. The plan will add a new entrance to the stadium car park.

The project included the relocation of utilities as well as gas and water lines.

Part of the roadway was demolished to make way for pedestrian and green space improvements.

This week, crews were working on curbs and gutters and installing electrical conduit and the bases for new light poles. Paving is scheduled for the week of July 25, weather permitting.

The roundabout is planned at the intersection of Grant Avenue and Chrisman Drive near Parkview High School and JFK Stadium.

“Once the electrical infrastructure is fully installed, the electrical poles currently in place will be dismantled and the community will get a taste of the open feel the project is striving to achieve along the Parkway,” said Reese said in the statement.

“It is also important to note that even after this section reopens to traffic, there may still be electrical, sidewalk or path work to be completed.”

The boardwalk project is a multi-use corridor development from the city’s downtown to the National Museum of Wildlife Wonders, the Aquarium and the Bass Pro Shop. It has many moving parts and the roundabout is just one of them.

Claudette Riley is the News-Leader’s educational reporter. Email news tips to criley@news-leader.com.

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