We're midway through summer and still a lot more road construction to get to. There are at least eight scheduled to start this week.

Even though construction and detours are a pain, it's always worth it in the end. You can also sign up for the city's Code Red notification system. It's a free service that  sends alerts to your phone in case of emergency water or gas shut offs or dangerous weather conditions.

Here are the following projects starting this week:

July 18th

  • 4th St. reconstruction project (Hillside) - 8th to 10th Avenue. East will be closed off to traffic and gas line work will begin between 12th and 14th Avenue East. Within two to four weeks, as work progresses, the project area and road closure will expand to include 6th to 8th Avenues East. Meanwhile, utility work will progress to the east to as far as 18th Avenue East. However, directional signs will be placed along the detour route indicating access points to local businesses and the DTA will use a temporary detour route. Project is scheduled to end by November 18th.
  • Skyline Parkway reclamation (Central Hillside) - Starting from Mesaba and going up to Kenwood, they will be curb and gutter replacement along Skyline Parkway and will need to close the length of the lane adjacent to the project area. Parking will not be allowed on the side of the work area and street reclamation and paving will not take place until early August. Project is set to end by August 31st.
  • 24th Avenue West (West End) - Due to previous water main breaks and necessary excavations, several areas of the street are in need of permanent patching.  Crews will be out over the next two weeks to repair several areas. The north bound lane of 24th Ave West between 2nd and 3rd St. and 8th and 9th Streets will require closure for at least 3 days to allow the concrete to cure and be drivable.
  • Congdon Boulevard - The current temporary traffic detour signage was removed and normal operations resumed July 15th. However, short term lane shifts and shoulder closures may occur periodically through October.
  • Snelling Avenue (Chester Park) -  Snelling Avenue between College Street and 19th Avenue East will be closed to allow for the installation of a new 8” natural gas main. Parking will not be allowed on Snelling Avenue so residents are asked to use Garden and Kent Streets as an alternative. Snelling Avenue is expected to be closed for approximately four weeks. This project will conclude when pipe is installed to the intersection of 4th Street and 18th Avenue East. It is anticipated to be done by October 7th.
  • Michigan Street (Downtown) - Michigan Street between 312 and 415 West Michigan will be closed off. Access points for parking ramps are available here. Project set to be done by Labor Day weekend.

July 20th

  • Tischer Creek Bridge (Hunters Park) - Anna Street will be completely closed at the west side of the culvert through the Columbus Avenue intersection. Columbus will be closed at the Anna Street intersection to Arrowhead road. Access to residential driveways will be maintained but there will be no through traffic possible on either road. Project set to end by August 19th.