After a delay to have CenterPoint relocate a gas line, construction on Shepherd Dr. is back underway. Work on both Shepherd, Durham, and selected cross streets is part of our work to improve this important transportation corridor for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians, and construction is in full swing on both Durham and Shepherd between 15th and 20th Streets.
How do street modernization projects improve traffic safety? One way is through better signs and traffic signals for drivers and pedestrians, thereby helping to reduce confusion and decrease accidents. Another important part of the current project is improving access for all pedestrians throughout the area with wheelchair-accessible ramps and crosswalks. For bikers and drivers, separating bike routes away from vehicular traffic will also helps improve safe travel.
What to Expect on Shepherd and Durham During Ongoing Construction
If you drive or walk down either street today, you may see the team working to install new storm sewer systems designed to carry more water during heavy rainfalls. Improving our City’s stormwater infrastructure is important to reduce the effects of severe weather in the future. This also improves safety for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians by reducing water buildup on streets and sidewalks during a storm.
You’ll also see new pavement going down on both Shepherd and Durham Drives from 15th St. to 20th. Repaving and repairing roadways and sidewalks helps reduce wear and tear on cars and bikes and makes walking in the area safer for everyone. New tree planters are also being added during the construction, helping make the streets a little greener, with more shading for a cooler, more beautiful commute in the future.
Getting Around the Area During Construction
Staying up to date on the Shepherd-Durham Project will help you get around safely and efficiently during the street modernization project. Currently, no specific alternate routes are recommended as traffic is flowing throughout the area. However, the two left lanes on Shepherd are now closed for construction, and short traffic stops are happening throughout the day, usually for about five minutes or less.
Thanks to your vigilance and caution around the Shepherd/Durham and Heights at Center construction sites, we can continue moving forward as quickly as possible to minimize the inconveniences that may stem from the progress of the revitalization plan while keeping the community and the construction crews safe. We appreciate you doing your part.
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