Even with the American Greetings project delayed, there are other projects for the city to work on.
One project is designed to deal with present and future traffic on Crocker Road.
If you've ever been stuck in a back-up on I-90 west trying to get off at the Crocker Road exit, or seen Crocker Road blocked by drivers making left turns off of Clemens, these changes should make you very happy.
Work is set to begin in February on improving the Crocker Road westbound interchanges, and deal with congestion at the intersection of Crocker and Clemens Roads just north of the interchange.
Some of the changes coming are:
- The off-ramp to Crocker Road from I-90 westbound will be lengthened. It will also be widened by one lane so there will be two lanes turing south towards Crocker Park and two lanes turning north towards Clemens Road.
- A third lane will be added to the right side of Crocker Road southbound from Clemens Road to the I-90 westbound on-ramp. That lane will be designated just for traffic turning onto I-90 west.
- A new traffic pattern will be put in place for the Clemens-Crocker intersection. Drivers will not be able to turn left from Clemens onto Crocker in either direction. The to-be-completed Hospice Way, which will run behind the Holiday Inn past the Ames Family Hospice, will connect eastbound drivers west of Crocker Road who are looking to go north. Those wanting to turn south onto Crocker from heading west on Clemens Road in the Hyland Software area will have to go north on Bassett Road, turn onto a new bypass road, and turn onto Crocker from there. Traffic lights will be installed at Hospice Way and Bassett Road on Crocker Road.
"Eliminating the left turns at Crocker will ease a lot of the back-ups we get at that intersection and on Clemens," city engineer Robert Kelly said.
The projects will be going out to bid in early 2013. Work is expected to begin sometime in February and will last through November, Kelly said. Utilities in that area have already been moved.
The changes made are projected to handle traffic in that area through 2030, Kelly said.
Combined, the projects will cost $6 million. The city is paying $3.5 million and the state is paying $2.5 million.
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