Motorists should expect to see additional traffic changes around the Hwy. 53/Hwy. 48 interchange during the week of Monday, Oct. 5, as the project enters the final stage of construction.
Weather pending, as early as Wednesday, Oct. 7, drivers can expect:
• Opening of the new concrete lanes of westbound Hwy. 48.
• Being able to use all lanes of the new Hwy. 48, including the roundabouts.
• Seeing temporary signal systems will be removed.
• Using the permanent traffic signal system at Bear Paw Avenue.
• Reopening of Bear Paw Avenue to the north.
• Using the Stout Street connection from the Hwy. 53 northbound off-ramp again for up to five days for final placement of curb and gutter at the ramp terminal roundabout.
The intersection of West Avenue south of Hwy. 48 is anticipated to reopen the week of Monday, Oct. 26. This is later than expected, but construction staff feel the delay is necessary for public safety.
The final stage of the Hwy. 53/Hwy. 48 project requires the removal of the asphalt along the eastbound lanes that was placed for temporary purposes followed by the installation of new curb, gutter and shoulders. Motorists on eastbound Hwy. 48 will encounter up to 15-minute delays during these operations. These delays during daytime hours could last up to four days. The dates of impact will be posted in advance on message boards.
Construction, which began in April, is scheduled for completion in mid-November. The $5 million project includes completely reconstructing Hwy. 48 from West Avenue to Bear Paw Avenue, adding roundabouts at the Hwy. 48-West Avenue intersection and the north- and southbound Hwy. 53 ramp terminals at Hwy. 48 and installing traffic signals and pavement markings at the Bear Paw Avenue intersection.