Work along Cherry Street near Bingham Elementary School delayed
The Cherry Street Widening Project, near Bingham Elementary School, is going to take longer than expected.
"We did run into some issues with utility relocations, so it may be pushed back a little," said the Professional Engineer on the project, Leree Reese. "We're doing everything we can to get it completed this year." The project was expected to be completed by this November.
Cherry Street from Barnes to Oak Grove has been closed since May. The project's goal is to widen Cherry Street from a point just east of Barnes to a point just east of Oak Grove. This project will also include signal improvements at the intersection of Cherry and Oak Grove, as well as conduit for interconnect. It also includes sidewalk and stormwater improvements.
Parents of Bingham Elementary School students have expressed concerns about students walking through the work zone before and after school. Reese said there is no safe alternate route. She said the only option is for students and families to walk down to Grand Street and back over, equaling about an extra mile and a half of walking.
Reese said crews have been warned kids may be walking through the work zone and that they should be on the lookout. "We let them know before school started, we said, 'Hey, They are starting on this day, there might be kids walking through there, just make sure you're looking, ya know, always for children, just be careful,'" She said.
Reese said safety needs to be a team effort, adding parents should be talking to their kids if they walk through the work zone. In the end, Reese said the best solution is for parents to drive their children to school until the work is wrapped up.
The Cherry Street Widening Project is funded through the 1/8-cent Transportation Tax.