Road to close in Dinkytown

Beginning Wednesday, 14th Avenue Southeast, between University Avenue Southeast and Pillsbury Drive, will be closed for two and a half weeks for road construction.
The construction, which is part of the Dinkytown road project that began in November 1995, will focus on installing permanent sidewalks and gutters on the sides of the closed street.
“Last October the workers got caught by delays and cold weather,” said Ray Jackson, senior engineer in the University’s Facilities Management.
“They are coming back to put in permanent sidewalks, and they have to close down traffic so they’re better able to work in a timely fashion,” Jackson added.
Although the roadwork will not cause traffic on University Avenue to be re-routed, one or more of the street’s three lanes could be closed, Jackson said.
“I think pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to get through,” he added. “They are going to try to keep one side (of the road) open.”
Because of the road closure, the East Bank Northern Circulator will not stop on Pillsbury Drive in front of Pattee Hall. Students using the circulator can exit buses at the Jones Hall and Eddy Hall stops. Pillsbury Drive will remain open during construction.
The Dinkytown construction project is scheduled to end next fall after workers finish re-paving streets and replacing the bridges spanning the railroad tracks in Dinkytown.

— Lynne Kozarek