Construction crews are building Downtown stations for the MAX Bus Rapid Transit system, requiring closures of Mason Street in constrained areas. Work on the southbound Olive and Downtown Transit Center stations is underway, and construction of the northbound Mountain station is imminent.
Mountain Avenue Closure Due to Station Construction
A full closure of northbound Mason Street, just north of Mountain Avenue, will commence on Monday, Jan. 14. Station construction typically lasts approximately three months.
Vehicles will be detoured onto Mountain, heading west to Howes Street or east to College Avenue. Vehicles can use Laporte Avenue to enter the Civic Center Parking Structure, and can exit the structure onto Mason Street or Laporte Avenue. The sidewalk in this area will be closed during construction as well; pedestrians should use the sidewalks on the west side of Mason Street and detour through the alley as posted.
Work at other Downtown stations on Mason Street - at southbound Mountain, northbound Olive, and on both directions of Mulberry and Laurel – will also occur throughout 2013.
Mason and Maple Street Intersection Closed Beginning Jan. 14
The intersection of Mason and Maple Streets will be closed to through traffic in all directions beginning Monday, Jan. 14. The closure is expected to last approximately two weeks, as crews make concrete improvements to the intersection and crosswalks. Vehicles will be detoured onto Cherry Street or Laporte Avenue, and then to Howes Street or College Avenue. Pedestrian access across Maple and Mason Streets will be maintained.
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.