Street construction season underway

Street construction season underway

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A stretch of Parkway Drive north of C-470, closed since mid-May, has reopened, but construction on nearby Park Meadows Drive will continue into the fall.

The work on Park Meadows Drive between Quebec Street and Acres Green Drive includes replacing concrete and installing a landscaped median.

“In order to keep all the businesses open, we have to do it a little bit at a time,” said Lone Tree Public Works Director John Cotten. “As a result, it’s probably going to be the end of September or into October before it completes.”

  Concrete on that section of Park Meadows Drive was failing, Cotten said.

“We have been patching it and replacing panels for several years, and finally decided this year we would tear out the whole road and rebuild it,” he said.

Construction crews wrapped up a redesign of Parkway Drive from County Line Road to Acres Green Drive. A water line break pushed that project ahead of schedule.

The May 19 rupture of a 12-inch water line behind the Sports Authority building flooded Parkway Drive and its intersection with Acres Green Drive. By the time crews stemmed the flow, the road was badly damaged. The City of Lone Tree and Southgate Water District reached an agreement to go ahead with a redesign that included narrowing the street and installing a median instead of merely repairing the damage.

“By narrowing it, we actually saved Southgate about $100,000 in repair costs,” Cotten said.

The city also hopes the redesign drops the number of accidents at the Parkway and Acres Green drives intersection. 

“Parkway and Acres Green has been one of our highest-accident intersections in the entire city,” Cotten said. “As we looked at the intersection more and more, we came to realize there’s just a lot going on there because it was four lanes intersecting with four lanes.”

Because the projects are ending in late summer, landscaping in both the Parkway and Park Meadows drives medians won’t be planted until spring.

The new medians will not only beautify the streets, Cotten said, but continue a pattern already established elsewhere in the city.

 “It’s sort of a signature element for the city,” he said. “There are lot of people who don’t even know (Parkway and Park Meadows drives) is part of the city. We felt it would make it more feel like a part of Lone Tree.”

The Park Meadows Metro District is partnering with the city on the Park Meadows Drive reconstruction and will complete the median landscaping on both streets in 2014.

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