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Newstead Ave. Street Improvements Project Continues – Street Closure, Phases 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10 and MetroLink Crossing

L. Keeley Construction continues to work on the Newstead Ave. Street Improvement Project.

NEWSTEAD STREET CLOSURE – At the METRO Track Crossing – NOVEMBER 12 – 20, 2020
Please see the attached diagram of the construction area for the Newstead Ave. Street Closure planned for Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5AM to Friday November 20, 2020 at 5PM.

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

Due to the widening of Newstead Ave., METRO will be installing new crossing signals and arms to span the widened road.

To do this, METRO will be conducting a nine (9) day street closure to allow for the installation of the new signals and equipment, and removal of the old equipment.

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.

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, with only the balance of the Forest Park/Newstead intersection signal replacement left to complete. Removal of the old signals and installation of the remaining sidewalk areas is underway.

Lane Closures – The balance of Phase 7 lane closures will be intermittent closures on Forest Park Ave. to allow for intersection signal replacement & removal.

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 90% complete, with only the balance of the Forest Park/Newstead intersection signal replacement left to complete. Removal of the old signals and installation of the remaining sidewalk areas is underway.

Lane Closures – The balance of Phase 8 lane closures will be intermittent closures on Forest Park Ave. to allow for intersection signal replacement & removal.

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 mid-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.

PHASE 10 – Street Widening at the SLCH Daycare Site
Please see the attached diagram of the construction area for Phase 10.

Phase 10 construction is ongoing. Phase 10 includes alterations to the Duncan Ave. and Newstead Ave. intersection, and re-alignment of the roadway at the SLCH Daycare Center site on the SW corner of the intersection.

Closures – During Phase 10, Newstead Ave. southbound lane will be closed and two (2) lanes of traffic (both northbound and southbound) will be open and shifted to the east side of the roadway. In addition, drive lanes, turn lanes and through traffic at the intersection will be temporarily narrowed to statutory minimums. Temporary re-striping and traffic measures will be put into place.

Please anticipate construction vehicles entering and exiting the 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 or call 314-362-1951.

 

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