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Posted on: July 8, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. roadway design updated to reflect residents' feedback

After residents voiced concerns about the placement of manholes in traffic lanes and extending the availability of reclaimed water, the city is redesigning underground utility lines to address those concerns. 

The redesign is expected to shift sewer lines to the east and into the parking areas along the side of the roadway.  This adjustment will move most of the manhole covers from traffic lanes. Reclaimed water will also be made available to the landscaped bump-outs and to property owners from Orange Avenue to International Speedway Blvd. 

The design work is expected to take several weeks and work will begin next month at the Magnolia Avenue intersection because the underground pipes are deepest in that area. 

The intersection will be completely closed north/south and east/west. Local traffic will be permitted from Orange Avenue north to the work zone and from ISB south to the work zone. All through traffic will be routed around the area via Orange Avenue, U.S. 1, ISB and Lockhart Street. Pedestrian access will be maintained to the businesses within the work zone. Phase 1 is expected to take less than one month. 

About the project
The $2.67 million project will completely reconstruct the road’s surface, update underground utilities, widen sidewalks, install decorative lighting features and landscaping and add on-street parking on the east side of the roadway.