The Grant Road and Craycroft Road intersection will be reconstructed to improve the pavement condition and to add dual left turn lanes, exclusive right-turn lanes, bus pullouts, and bike lanes. Sidewalks will be widened to 6-feet wide within the project limits.
This project will also require the replacement of the existing Alamo Wash bridge on Craycroft Road with a stronger reinforced box culvert. The intersection will be updated with new traffic signal equipment. Water, sewer, and storm drain modifications will also be made during the intersection construction. The entire intersection will be repaved with asphalt rubber concrete to improve appearance and reduce traffic noise.
The construction could take as long as eleven (11) months to complete and will be done in several phases.
The expected construction cost is 6.4 million dollars and construction is expected to begin in January 2009. Funding is from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).
What To Expect
First Phase – Bridge Replacement and Utility Modifications
The number of traffic lanes will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction and left turn lanes on Craycroft Road. Business access will be provided at all times. Business driveways will be marked with business access signs. Some underground utility relocation work will be done at night to minimize inconvenience to businesses and to reduce commuter traffic impacts. Pedestrian walkways will be provided during construction.
Second Phase- Intersection Quadrant Construction
Temporary signals will be installed to allow traffic to be shifted on both Craycroft Road and Grant Road to allow for the widening work. After construction on one corner is completed, traffic will be shifted over to allow the next corner to be reconstructed. The intersection will be constructed one corner at a time.
Third Phase – Resurfacing Entire Street
The entire intersection will be resurfaced with asphalt rubber concrete paving upon completing the reconstruction of the entire intersection pavement. Manhole rims and water valve boxes will be raised to the new surface elevation after the resurfacing is complete. Permanent striping is the last of the work to be done thirty days after the new rubberized asphalt pavement has cured.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q. When will the project begin?
A. The construction will begin in January 2009. The exact dates have not been set. Look for message boards declaring when the work will start.
Q. What will the construction accomplish?
A. The widening of the Grant Road at Craycroft Road intersection will provide two through lanes in each direction on Craycroft Road and three through lanes on Grant Road. Dual left turn lanes; exclusive right turn lanes, bus pullouts, and bike lanes will also be provided at each approach. Pedestrian facilities will be improved by widening the sidewalks to 6-ft within the project limits along with new streetlights on Craycroft Road.
This project requires the replacement of the existing Alamo Wash Bridge on Craycroft Road with a stronger reinforced box culvert. Water, sewer, and storm drain modifications will also be made during the construction.
Q. How long will the construction take?
A. The construction could take as long as eleven (11) months to complete and will be done in several phases. The first phase will consist of the bridge replacement and underground utility work. The second phase will focus on the intersection widening. The reconstruction of the intersection will be done one corner at a time to minimize the inconvenience to businesses, commuter traffic, and pedestrian access for this area. Some underground utility work will be done at night where possible. The entire intersection will be re-paved with asphalt rubber to improve appearance and reduce traffic noise.
Q. How much will this construction cost?
A. The cost of construction is estimated to be $6.4 M. Funding is from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).
Q. What is being done to minimize the impact to businesses and commuters?
A. Business access will be provided at all times. Business driveways will be marked with business access signs. Some underground utility relocation work will be done at night to minimize inconvenience to businesses and to reduce commuter traffic impacts. Pedestrian walkways will be provided during construction.
Q. Why has it taken so long to go to construction?
A. The project has taken longer to get to this point because the scope of work has changed. We are no longer undergrounding the overhead electric lines. The cost to do this was more than we expected. The construction material costs have also increased significantly. Oil prices have driven costs higher for petroleum related materials such as plastics and asphalt concrete. We had to re-budget the project to account for the market price increases.
Q. This road is used by many people. How will the contractor communicate the expected activities and detour information?
A. The contractor will communicate with residents and commuters via message boards, notices, and a web page. The web page will be updated with new information and construction expectations each month.