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City to present new roadway designs for Uphams Corner at Tues. meeting

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 12, 2013 03:26 PM

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Officials with the city’s Public Works Department will be back in front of the Uphams Corner community Tuesday evening to discuss roadway improvements.

Representatives from the department have been meeting with residents over the past couple of months to take input about the project that will alter and improve the travel corridor between the Strand Theater on Columbia Road and the city parking lot on Dudley Street.

From bringing sidewalks up to code to upgrading traffic signals, the $3-million project aims to make driving, walking, and biking in the dense community safer and easier.

At the kick-off meeting for the project in December many in attendance voiced support for new sidewalks, increasing pedestrian safety, and increasing the visibility of the city’s parking lot.

Three alternative designs have been created by DPW and will be presented at Tuesday’s meeting.

The designs have already been vetted by the Uphams Corner Infrastructure Sub-committee, which is made up of residents and stakeholders, according to DPW.

DPW representatives will take community input Tuesday to aid in narrowing down the alternatives.

At December’s meeting DPW representatives said construction could begin by Oct. 2013.

The meeting will be held at the Cape Verdean Adult Daycare Center located at 34 Hancock St. Tue., Feb. 12, at 6 p.m.

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