Grove Street will be closed between State Avenue and Cedar Avenue for several nights starting next week. The closure is needed to perform geotechnical work for preliminary design of the Grove Street Overcrossing.
The full street closure will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights only starting Sunday evening, Dec. 2. Work may be completed before Dec. 14 and work nights may not be consecutive. Message boards at each end of the affected roadway will provide updated information.
Now entering the preliminary design phase, the Grove Street Overcrossing would build an elevated roadway over the BNSF Railway tracks on Grove Street between State and Cedar avenues. Currently delays from train crossings significantly impede traffic flow in the downtown core. Through this project, the city aims to reduce congestion and improve east-west connectivity.
The Grove Street location was identified as the preferred location in a 2015 grade separation study. It would have the least impact on adjacent properties and also provides the longest distance between arterial streets Cedar Avenue and State Avenue. Total project cost is estimated at $24 million; construction is not yet funded or scheduled.