Bevy of road projects could affect traffic

By The Mercury

Two street construction projects should be completed Friday as crews begin work on a slate of new projects.

Construction at the 17th Street and Laramie Street intersection, and work on Poyntz Avenue and U.S. Highway 24 outside the entrance to Manhattan Town Center are expected to end this week.

Traffic should return to a normal flow once the projects are completed.

Here are some other roads to look out for in Manhattan due to construction.

Oak Street


A portion of Oak Street, the road leading to the Sunset Zoo entrance and parking lot, has been closed this past week.

City engineer Brian Johnson said the street will likely be closed through Tuesday.

He said the closure is related to a utility project that will allow firefighters to draw water out of the Sunset Zoo tower to the downtown area in the event of a fire.

The zoo remains accessible by taking the detour through Ridge Drive.



17th and Anderson


North 17th Street will close for a 24-hour period Tuesday from south of Laramie Street to Anderson Avenue for asphalt mill and overlay.

Thru traffic from Anderson Avenue to Poyntz Avenue will be detoured to 14th Street and Sunset Avenue.



Grand Mere roundabout


Street crews will finish joint repairs Tuesday at the Grand Mere roundabout on Kimball Avenue. Flaggers will maintain traffic from all directions through the roundabout throughout the day.

Repairs will begin at approximately 6 a.m., and the roundabout should be open to all traffic by 5 p.m.



Scenic Drive maintenance


Scenic Drive from the Anderson/Kimball intersection south to Miller Parkway will be affected starting Wednesday.

Shilling Construction will perform an ultra-thin microsurfrace treatment on the roadway.

Thru traffic will be allowed, but city officials suggest motorists seek alternate routes to avoid delays on this segment of roadway.Work is expected to be complete by the end of the day Friday.

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