Construction crews will begin building the first two Downtown stations in the MAX Bus Rapid Transit system this month. The southbound Olive station is the first, construction begins Monday, December 10. It will be built on the west side of Mason, just south of the Olive intersection. During construction, southbound Mason Street will be closed between the south edge of the Olive Street intersection and the First National Bank driveway. Southbound vehicles are encouraged to detour onto College Avenue or Howes Street. Northbound Mason and east and westbound Olive Street will remain open to through traffic.
Access will be provided to adjacent businesses. The sidewalk in this area will be closed during construction as well; pedestrians should use the sidewalks on the east side of Mason Street.
Watch for station construction to also begin at the Downtown Transit Center, on December 17. Northbound Mason Street will be closed between Laporte Avenue and Maple Street during construction. Work at other Downtown stations - at Mountain, northbound Olive, Mulberry and Laurel - will begin after January 1, 2013 and last throughout the spring and summer.
About Station Construction
Similar to building a house, MAX station construction requires several different phases. During construction, each of these phases is carefully planned to minimize impacts on the surrounding area. Unlike other aspects of the MAX Bus Rapid Transit project, station construction is conducted in a constrained area that will typically require a closure of nearby road and sidewalk for approximately three months.
Business access will be maintained throughout the process.
During construction, a chain link fence will enclose the area where crews will excavate, lay the foundation, and then add in the structural elements of the new station building. Over several months, contractors will return to the station site to complete the finish work on the station including masonry, installation of art panels and wind screens, electronic components, and landscaping.
This closure will allow crews to work quickly and minimize impacts over a short period of time. For more information, visit fcgov.com/maxconstruction
or call the MAX construction hotline, 970-416-2617.