We considered this option as a way to maintain traffic flow through WCR 5 during the work. After much discussion with the contractor, EPD, and the school districts we found that this option was not the best choice for two main reasons:
- Safety: The major equipment needed for this construction, paired with high traffic during school hours, and the number of pedestrians (construction workers and students/parents/teachers) created a hazardous situation. Fully closing the road to all traffic in phases actually creates a much safer construction zone, limiting the number of interactions between the general public and construction equipment/work.
- Timing: If we did the project while leaving open lanes, it would essentially extend the timeline for the project by another three to four months. Contending with commuting hours and less overall workspace would slow the progress down enough to substantially lengthen the time the road is under construction.