Thank you for your patience last year in 2019 as we worked to install the new traffic signals and ADA compliant curb ramps. The asphalt paving on Kirkwood Road has been completed as of Friday, April 3, 2020. Now that the asphalt is completed, stamped and colored crosswalks are being installed to enhance pedestrian safety at all intersections between Washington Avenue and Monroe Avenue. Work on the printed and colored crosswalks started on April 6, 2020 and is anticipated to be completed the week of May 4, 2020, pending weather. Final striping and pavement markings will follow the completion of the enhanced crosswalks. Continue to pay close attention to traffic cones, lane closed signage, and other temporary traffic control signs that will be installed. Do not drive or walk on the crosswalk surface unless directed by the contractor.
For nearly three years the City and its design consultant, CMT (Crawford, Murphy & Tilly), have been developing plans to replace traffic signals at 11 intersections and one mid-block crossing on Kirkwood Road from Big Bend Boulevard to Manchester Road. The new signals will feature a fiber optic cable interconnect allowing for a coordinated timing plan to improve traffic flow and reduce emissions, while allowing vehicle speeds appropriate for the Kirkwood Road corridor. The intersections will become more pedestrian friendly with ADA-compliant curb ramps and pedestrian push buttons. The new signals will feature decorative mast arms with edge-lit street signs and luminaires to replicate the design of the street lights already present in the Downtown area. The mid-block crossing near Hollywood Lane will be upgraded to a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB).
The project also includes the addition and reconstruction of sidewalks along the east side of Kirkwood Road from Chester Ave to Nipher Middle School. This will provide a safe and ADA-compliant route to Nipher Middle School and Downtown Kirkwood for pedestrians south of the BNSF Railroad. The infill of this gap is a top priority identified in the Kirkwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. The project is partially funded through the CMAQ and TAP federal aid programs.