FROM THE CITY OF GRAND ISLAND:
The City of Grand Island Public Works Department announces the additional closure of Adams Street north to Church Road will begin Wednesday, March 1, and will be closed until mid-July. Construction during this closure will include the removal of existing pavement, installation of storm sewer and relocation of other utilities. Additional lane shifts on Stolley Park will occur during this period for handicap ramps and traffic signal installation at the Adams Street intersection.
Grand Island Public Schools is constructing a new Starr Elementary School and additions to Barr Middle School. Upon completion of the construction projects, it is anticipated increased pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic will be present on and near Adams Street between Barr Middle School and the new Starr Elementary School. GIPS has offered to equally share with the City of Grand Island the cost of improvements in this area so as to better and promote traffic and pedestrian safety.
The Adams Street Paving Project will consist of removal of approximately 1250 feet of existing Adams Street roadway north of Stolley Park Road and replacement with concrete pavement. The project consists of widening the roadway from 24 feet to 37 feet for a three-lane section of roadway with improved drainage and elimination of the ditch section. An extension of trail and sidewalks will also be constructed with this project.
Furthermore, Grand Island's first roundabout will be installed at the Starr and Barr entrances to Adams Street to promote safe pedestrian and vehicle traffic. A traffic signal at the intersection of Adams Street and Stolley Park Road will also be included as part this project.
The Adams Street paving project was made possible by a June 14, 2016, interlocal agreement between the City of Grand Island and GIPS. Diamond Engineering was awarded the construction contract on December 13, 2016. The total current construction cost of the project is $1,050,993.15 which will be split by the City of Grand Island and GIPS.