East Cedar Street
Please check this page frequently for information and updates on the East Cedar Street reconstruction project. Updates will include details on project phases, planned closures and detours, and other relevant information to help residents navigate the project area. A full set of project plans may be found under the Project Details tab below.
Project Update July 2022
Construction activities associated with the East Cedar Street Roadway Improvements Project remain ongoing. Over the course of this project, which commenced in late 2020 with an anticipated construction time of two years, certain elements related to the necessary relocation of utilities have caused some unfortunate delays. This has no doubt been extremely frustrating for those residing in the construction area, as well as for those who rely on East Cedar Street for their daily commute to work or school.
Substantial utility adjustment and relocation activities within the right-of-way on either side of East Cedar have been required to accommodate all other construction activities. These utilities include elements such as water and sewer, natural gas, electric, and telecommunications infrastructure. Each utility owner is responsible for the work needed to relocate their equipment and coordinating this work with the primary contractor. All water and sewer relocation work along the project corridor has been completed by the city, but some activities related to the relocation of utilities owned by other providers still remain.
As a result of these delays, timelines for completion of other elements of the project, along with the reopening of certain sections of East Cedar to traffic, have been updated. These include:
- August 1, 2022 – Installation of base pavement and reopening of East Cedar Street to local traffic between Georgia Avenue and Virginia Avenue
- August 29, 2022 – Installation of curbing, guttering, sidewalks, and base pavement, along with fully reopening East Cedar Street to local traffic from King College Road all the way to Virginia Avenue
- Fall 2022 – Completion of utility adjustments between Virginia Avenue and 5th Street
- Spring 2023 – Completion of remaining roadway construction between Virginia Avenue and 5th Street, including the installation of retaining walls, storm drains, curbing, guttering, and pavement
The overall East Cedar Street project includes the rebuilding of approximately 1.2 miles of roadway between King College Road and 5th Street.
In addition to the installation of sidewalks on both sides of the road, the project included road realignment between Golf Street and Halverstadt Drive to eliminate the dangerous “S” curve. This was completed in September 2021 in conjunction with the installation of a new box culvert at Cedar Creek and a much-improved storm sewer system between Florida Avenue and King College Road.
Among the major project feature remaining are changes in elevation at the Georgia Avenue and Kentucky Avenue intersections to provide better sight distance and modifications to the intersections at Virginia Avenue and 5th Street to improve safety and traffic flow.
This project consist of rebuilding approximately 1.21 miles of East Cedar St from the 5th St intersection to the King College Rd intersection. Key design elements include:
A typical road section consisting of two 12-foot travel lanes and 5-foot wide sidewalks on both sides of the road. Sidewalks will also be provided within the project limits on both sides of the intersecting roads such as Virginia Ave, Kentucky Ave, Pennsylvania Ave, Carolina Ave, Maryland Ave, Georgia Ave, and Florida Ave.
Modification of the 5th St intersection to include appropriate turn lanes and upgrades to the traffic signal. The signal will also be interconnected with the railroad crossing to improve safety at the crossing.
Modification of the Virginia Ave intersection and signal to include additional left turn lanes on Virginia Ave and East Cedar St.
Realignment of the road between Golf St and Halverstadt Dr (entrance to King University) to eliminate the "S" curve.
Changes to the vertical road geometry in certain areas to provide better sight distance. The intersections of Georgia Ave and Kentucky Ave are two of the main areas where this will be improved.
Public Information Meetings
Public meetings were held on October 20 and 27, 2020 where members of the public had an opportunity to hear from the East Cedar St project team. In the video below, City Engineer Jake Chandler, Jeff Mize with CDM Smith, and Kevin Buck with Baker's Construction Services provide an overview of the project.
Click here to view the slides presented at the meetings.
To view more detailed plans of specific portions of the project, please click here.