I know that there is a lot of frustration about the new construction project at 82 and 42. Yesterday when the crews were setting up and bagging conflicting signs and traffic signals, it was particularly frustrating and caused a lot of traffic headaches. Hopefully, it will go more smoothly.
This initial phase will last about 5 weeks, and then the traffic configuration will change and have fewer restrictions. The total project is estimated to be 2.5 months. Please know that the administration did not seek my input about scheduling. If they had, I would have suggested not having the project coincide with the start of school.
This project is not just a beautification project; it is needed for safety. There are ADA requirements for crossings like this, and the crossing as it was configured did not meet minimum crossing times. This project will make it safer for everyone, including those with disabilities. We will also be updating the traffic signals.
I ask that you try to be patient, if you can. Be kind on the roads and keep everyone safe, including the construction workers. If you have questions, please give me a call and I will do my best to get you answers.