Access routes set to close due to overlay project

September 13, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 11:45 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013

Project is more than 50 percent completed

Three access routes along Coal Creek Parkway will be closed from about 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Sept. 16, and continuing through Sept.18, weather permitting.

Three road barricades will be placed at 135th Avenue Northeast, the primary access to the Milepost community and Newcastle Elementary School, Southeast 79th Place and at Newcastle Golf Club Road.

Barricades will be removed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The city has created a vicinity map showing the closures as A, B and C, and potential access options as 1, 2 and 3. View the map here:  http://bit.ly/1d8WTvc.

The city offered these suggested routes to access Coal Creek Parkway during the closures:

  1. SE 91st Street (entrance to Newcastle Highlands)
  2. 134th Avenue / SE136th Avenue corridor (northbound only)
  3. Some homes can be accessed via 134th Avenue from Newcastle Way

The closures are a part of the city’s work to repave a segment of Coal Creek Parkway between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way.

A lane reduction began Sept. 9 and will continue through Sept. 21. Only one southbound lane and one northbound lane will remain open at all times between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. The city says to expect significant delays.

Newcastle Elementary School is giving kids extra time to get to class due to construction. Students have until 9:25 a.m. to be in their seats without receiving a tardy citation. School starts at 9:15 a.m. and the 10-minute cushion for late arrivals will be in effect until Sept. 20.

The city announced in October 2012 that a portion of Coal Creek Parkway between Newcastle Way and Southeast 84th Way was showing signs of “premature failure,” and needed repairs.

A grant from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board will fund roughly half of the street’s repairs.

The closure has caused headaches for residents and business owners, but the city says the project is more than 50 percent completed, and scheduled to be finished by Oct. 4, barring any significant weather issues.

Newcastle City Councilmember Carol Simpson offered some useful tips for alternate routes through the Coal Creek Parkway construction and published some answers to resident inquiries about the project in her newsletters here and here.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is doing its part to help drivers through the mess with its Coal Creek Parkway Traffic Playlist of songs: http://bit.ly/18XyntW.

 

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