The City of Abilene will open E. 1st Street to through traffic at 5 p.m. on April 1. After conferring with Smoky Hill, LLC, the contractor for the project, the city has determined that the street may be opened to through traffic while still allowing the remainder of the project to be completed safely.
Various circumstances, including weather, have forced the project to be slightly delayed from the anticipated schedule.
“After much anticipation, E. 1st Street will be opened for use by the public. The city realizes that the construction has been inconvenient and, at times, seemingly unending,” said Mayor Dennis Weishaar. “We expect that citizens will find that the wait and expenditure was worth the investment that will pay dividends to the community for the foreseeable future.”
The City Manager said he appreciates the public’s patience with the project, but advises that work is still not finished.
“Even though the street will be open for through traffic, there will still be construction activity along the corridor as Smoky Hill, LLC completes the project,” he said.
The public is advised to drive carefully through the project and stay alert for construction workers. The posted speed limit for E. 1st Street is 30 m.p.h.
Following completion of the project, the city will focus its efforts on the Buckeye Avenue/First Street Geometric Improvement Project that is anticipated to begin construction in Spring 2014. The existing two-way designation of Cottage Street will remain in effect until the Buckeye Avenue/First Street Geometric Improvement Project is completed.