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Central Avenue Project Completion Delayed until 2012

By Laura Fenton

Construction delays may occur along Central Avenue between Zach Curlin and Patterson throughout this academic year due to a delay in the Central Avenue Safety Project that has pushed back its completion until next year. 

The project was expected to conclude this summer, but City of Memphis and U of M officials say they cannot move forward until the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) approves all plans.

“We’re waiting for TDOT to give us approval to put that out for bid,” said Tony Poteet, assistant vice president for campus planning and design. “There’s no change in the scope of the project, just the time.”

All aspects of the project must be cleared through the state attorney general and governor’s offices.

The proposal calls for installing a center median on Central Avenue, as well as bike lanes on both the north and south sides of the street. It will also add a new parking lot entrance at the four-way intersection at Central and Zach Curlin, eliminate existing entrances between Zach Curlin and the Kemmons Wilson School, erect new street and pedestrian lighting and add new sidewalks from Patterson Street to Zach Curlin.

Total budget for the project is $3.33 million.  It is being funded by enhancement grants, state capital maintenance funds and money from the City of Memphis Capital Improvement Program.

A summer-long enhancement project for the Central Avenue parking lot was completed just in time for the start of the semester. It includes new pavement, striping and an easier-to-navigate traffic-flow scheme. Improvements to Central Avenue have been delayed, but are still planned. (Photo by Rhonda Cosentino)
A summer-long enhancement project for the Central Avenue parking lot was completed just in time for the start of the semester. It includes new pavement, striping and an easier-to-navigate traffic-flow scheme. Improvements to Central Avenue have been delayed, but are still planned. (Photo by Rhonda Cosentino)

The other project along Central Avenue, the renovation of the on-campus parking lot, was finished just prior to the start of the fall semester. All spaces are available for use.

For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/centralave.htm or email centralave@memphis.edu.

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