Cope Avenue Improvements
About the Project:
The Cope Avenue Improvements is a street and utility project currently under construction. It includes the removal and replacement of the failing pavement section, replacement of concrete curb and gutter, minor upgrades to the storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems, replacement of the existing cast iron water main, the installation of a sidewalk along the north side of Cope Avenue, and the reconfiguration of the existing road layout on Cope Avenue.
As part of the feasibility process, an opportunity was identified for reconfiguring the roadway to better fit traffic demands, improve pedestrian and bicyclist access and safety, reduce unnecessary impervious surfaces, meet adjacent property owner needs, and slow and improve traffic safety along the corridor. Analysis shows the street layout can be significantly modified to achieve these goals, while reducing overall project costs. The new layout can be viewed at the link below.
Construction on this project is underway and will occur between June and November of 2022. This project will be constructed under through-traffic conditions. Area businesses will remain open and accessible throughout construction.
All of the utility work within the project area has been completed.
Cope Avenue, between Hazelwood Street and a few hundred feet east of English Street, will be reclaimed (ground up) Thursday October 6th, with curb and driveway removal occurring shortly thereafter. The contractor will then begin shaping the reclaim and compacting the material to prepare for concrete curb and driveways. The concrete curbing and driveway ends in this area are scheduled for Monday, October 10th.
Due to the concrete work during the week of October 10, the Bruce Vento trail from the south side of Highway 36 to County Road B will need to be closed for a period of time to allow for the concrete to cure. Detour signs will be posted at either end of the closure to direct pedestrians and bicyclists around this closure.
The City was made aware of a cement shortage in the region two weeks ago. The contractor was able to secure enough concrete from suppliers to finish the project this construction season. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide any updates if any changes to the project timeline are anticipated.
Please continue to follow construction signage, traffic control devices and construction personnel to navigate through the site safely. Access to businesses and properties along the corridor will be available throughout construction.
Please note that schedules for a project like this can change by the minute. The schedule information above provides a general idea of upcoming work. If you have a question or concern about the project, please feel free to reach out to the Project Team listed on the right-hand side of this page. For non-emergency type issues, please use our project 'Fix-It page' to report your concern by clicking the 'Report a Project Issue' link in the upper-right portion of this page. This system will send your concern directly to the project inspector in the field.