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Newstead Ave. Street Improvements Project Continues – Closures, Forest Park Ave. & Newstead Ave. Intersection Signal Replacement, Sidewalk Demolition, Phases 6, 7, 8, 9, and Metrolink Crossing

NEWSTEAD STREET CLOSURE – At the METRO Track Crossing – OCTOBER 2020

Please see the attached diagram of the construction area for the Newstead Ave. Street Closure planned in early October 2020, expected to last seven (7) to ten (10) days.

As part of the Newstead Ave. Street Improvements, METRO is performing a full replacement and upgrade of the crossing signals.

Due to existing crossing signals and numerous existing site utilities in the right-of-way, METRO will be installing the new crossing arms back in the same place as the existing crossing arms. Because of the increased width of the road way and the crossing is being upgraded to cantilever arms and signals, the foundations of the existing pole masts will need to be replaced in place.

To do this, METRO will be conducting a (7) to ten (10) day street closure to allow for removal of existing equipment and foundations, rapid installation of the new foundations, and cure time for the concrete foundations, prior to new pole mast installation and activation of the signals.

Actual requested closure dates are expected from METRO in the near future, but the week in question is expected to be one of the first three weeks of October, pending weather.

Lane Closures – All lanes of Newstead Ave. on either side of the track crossing will be closed to all through traffic. Access to and from all side streets, garages and buildings will remain open and accessible during the shutdown.

NEWSTEAD STREET CLOSURE – Forest Park Ave. to 4444 Forest Park Building Parking Lot Entrance – Saturday September 19, 2020
Please see the attached diagram of the construction area for the Newstead Ave. Street Closure on 9/19/20.
As part of the Phase 9 Newstead Ave. Street Improvements, a street closure is needed in order to install new storm drainage piping under the road.

Lane Closures – The work will close all lanes of Newstead Ave. between Forest Park Ave. and the entrance to the 4444 Forest Park Building Employee Parking Lot on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 5AM to 10PM.

Please anticipate construction vehicles entering and exiting the street, and congestion due to construction, as construction activities continue in the area.

TRAFFIC SIGNAL REPLACEMENT – Forest Park Ave. & Newstead Ave. Intersection – Weeks of 9/7 and 9/14

As part of the Phases 7 and 8 of the Newstead Ave. Street Improvements, replacement of all traffic signals at the intersection of Forest Park Ave. and Newstead Ave. will be taking place.
Work to replace the signals will be occurring the weeks of 9/7/19 and 9/14/19. Work includes full replacement of all signal poles, signal masts, signals, controllers, etc.

Lane Closures – The work will primarily occur between the hours 9AM and 3PM. Work will cause the periodic lane closures to eastbound and westbound Forest Park Ave. at the Newstead Ave. intersection.
Please expect traffic control measures (cones & signs) and construction vehicles in the roadway. Additionally, please anticipate construction vehicles entering and exiting the street, and congestion due to construction, as construction activities continue in the area.

SIDEWALK DEMOLITION – 4444 Forest Park Building Visitor Parking Lot – Saturday September 12, 2020

Please see the attached diagram of the construction area for the Sidewalk Demolition at the 4444 Forest Park Building Visitor Parking Lot.

As part of the Phase 9 Newstead Ave. Street Improvements, removal of the existing sidewalk and retaining wall is needed to coordinate site elevations with the street widening.

Lane Closures – The work will close a portion of the parking lot 4444 Forest Park Building Visitor Parking Lot on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 6AM to 6PM.

Please anticipate construction vehicles entering and exiting the street and parking lot, as well as congestion due to construction, as construction activities take place in this area.

PHASE 6 – Newstead and Duncan Intersection – North East Corner of the Intersection
Please see the attached diagram of the construction area for Phase 6.

Phase 6 work is now 90% complete, with only the balance of the intersection widening and lighting left to complete. (Duncan/Newstead intersection signal replacement and road widening & paving will be completed in a later phase.)

Please expect traffic control measures (cones & signs) and minor construction traffic until all work is completed.

PHASE 7 – Newstead and Forest Park Intersection – East Cross Walk Areas – North and South of Forest Park Ave.

Please see the attached diagram of the construction area for Phase 7.

Phase 7 construction is 90% complete, and the pedestrian crossing on the east side of the Newstead and Forest Park intersection is open for use. Only Forest Park/Newstead intersection signal replacement is left to complete, and currently scheduled for the weeks of 9/7 and 9/14.

Lane Closures – The balance of Phase 7 lane closures will be intermittent closures on Forest Park Ave. to allow for intersection signal replacement.
Please anticipate construction vehicles entering and exiting the street, and congestion due to construction, as construction activities continue in the area.

PHASE 8 – Newstead and Forest Park Intersection – West Cross Walk Areas – North and South of Forest Park Ave.

Please see the attached diagram of the construction area for Phase 8.
Phase 8 construction is ongoing will continue through mid-September.

Lane Closures – During Phase 8, the construction team will be installing a new pedestrian cross walk and associated storm sewers, sidewalks, etc. on the west side of the Newstead and Forest Park intersection – both north and south of Forest Park Ave. During this work one (1) lane will be closed in the east bound and west bound lanes of Forest Park for the duration of the work. Additionally, the north-south cross walk, on the west side of the intersection will also be closed for the duration of the work.
Please anticipate construction vehicles entering and exiting the street, and congestion due to construction, as construction activities continue in the area.

PHASE 9 – Street Widening in Front of the 4444 Forest Park Building

Please see the attached diagram of the construction area for Phase 9.

Phase 9 construction is ongoing and is expected to continue through late October/early November pending weather.

Closures – During Phase 9, the construction team will be widening Newstead Ave. in front of the 4444 Forest Park Building. The widening will involve widening the street 14’ into the existing parking lot, removing one (1) entry/exit, making modifications to adjacent sidewalks and planting areas, and restriping the lot to accommodate the new dimensions.

Please anticipate construction vehicles entering and exiting the 4444 parking lot and street, and congestion due to construction, as construction activities continue in the area.

METROLINK CROSSING WIDENING – Widening the Metrolink Crossing on Newstead

The Metrolink Crossing has been removed, regraded, and the track crossing widened.
METRO is currently working to install new electrical infrastructure and signals for the recently widened crossing. Once complete, new lanes on Newstead Ave. will be able to open for use.
Please anticipate construction vehicles entering and exiting the street, and congestion due to construction, as construction activities continue in the area.

If your commute to work includes driving Newstead Ave., please plan additional time for your commute to work, in anticipation of delays, congestion, changes to traffic and traffic patterns due to construction during this project.

Your patience and cooperation, while we work to improve the campus, is sincerely appreciated.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Lauren Leonard, WUSM Project Manager at lauren.leonard@wustl.edu or call 314-362-1951.

 

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