First phase of widening project completed after 18 months of work
Aside from installing a crosswalk at Keithshire Way, the first phase of the Clays Mill Road widening project is complete, according to LFUCG project engineer Keith Lovan.
The project, which transformed Clays Mill Road from two lanes to three lanes between Higbee Mill Road and Keithshire Way, began at the beginning of 2011. Work was initially planned to take about nine months, but weather significantly dampened progress.
“If you remember, 2011 was the wettest year ever, so there was a lot of delay because of the weather,” Lovan said. “It was normally a nine-month project, and it’s taken about 18 months.”
The projected cost for the construction, which included striping for bike lanes, a large stone retaining wall and expanded sidewalks, was about $3.6 million. Lovan said the final cost for the construction came within a few percentage points of the original estimate.