Resident Construction Engineer Jay Thompson says the construction will be completed by early October.
Though it was raining, work started Monday morning as scheduled. The streets were marked and cut at the corner of Assembly and Pendleton Street.
By Liz McIntyre
Monday kicked off the Pedestrian Safety Project on Assembly Street. Construction workers discussed plans, painted lines on the road, made measurements, and even begin cutting up the street, all before 11 a.m.
The project will shorten crosswalks, widen the median, improve sidewalks, add emergency call boxes, and improve street lighting. It will also remove the metered parking spots along the median.
They are hoping to get the project done quickly, in order to meet the early October deadline for completion.
The project comes after a recent pedestrian accident and continuing problems for pedestrians crossing the busy street. Officials are looking to make it safer, especially now that the Business Administration Building will draw more students to the congested street.
Engineer Jay Thompson says the work will increase by next week, but the work done Monday was very important.
"We're just getting things laid out, kind of getting an idea of where we are with the project, how traffic is going to work with us, really just getting started," Thompson said.
Workers were out taking down parking meters, and starting the initial construction in the rain Monday morning.
"Figuring out the measurements, coating the asphalt, that's what we're trying to do," construction worker Nicholas Contreras said.
From now until that October deadline, workers recommend that students avoid taking the Assembly Street crosswalks and take the underground tunnel instead. They also recommend drivers use Main and Huger Streets in order to avoid the congestion on Assembly Street.