Garland Avenue work begins this week

Traffic moves along Garland Avenue Friday morning.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

After years of discussion, work is finally set to begin on the Garland Avenue widening project.

Crews will begin working on Tuesday, May 29 to prepare the area for road construction. The preliminary work is expected to be completed in December and includes adding new water and sewer mains, fire hydrants and service connections for all structures along the length of the project.

Motorists are advised to use caution when approaching the work area. City officials said the road will be kept open at all times, but one-lane traffic and flagmen should be expected.

Trees to be reused
The project corridor includes several trees that will need to be removed. The city has coordinated with the Watershed Conservation Resource Center to reuse all trees that are 10 inches in diameter and larger for area streamside restoration projects. The trees will become part of in-channel structures designed to protect streambanks and provide aquatic habitat.

The finished product
The state and city are splitting the cost of the $6.7 million Garland Avenue project, which, once complete, will include four lanes, a tree-lined median, sidewalks and bike lanes from North Street to Janice Street.