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East 101st Street Scheduled to Open to Westbound Traffic on Aug. 18

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East 101st Street between South Louisville Avenue and South Florence Avenue, which has been closed since May 30 for street rehabilitation, is scheduled to open to one lane of westbound traffic on Aug. 18, in time for the first day of classes at the nearby Jenks Middle School. *See attached map – eastbound traffic between Riverside Drive and Yale Avenue will not be able to use 101st Street. Suggested detours are 91st Street, 121st Street or the Creek Turnpike.  

The work on this section of East 101st Street is part of a larger street rehabilitation project on East 101st Street between South Yale Avenue and South Florence Avenue. The project includes rebuilding the street with an asphalt surface, and adding a left-turn lane at Louisville Avenue, a right-turn lane into Jenks Middle School just east of Florence Avenue, and sidewalks on the north side of 101st Street.

Excluding the section between Louisville and Florence avenues, 101st Street in the project area will remain open to two-way traffic until approximately the end of September, when the one-way westbound traffic lane on 101st Street will extend from Richmond to Florence avenues. Then from January 2018 until completion of the project in early March 2018, traffic will be limited to one westbound lane on 101st Street between Urbana and Florence avenues.

The project also included work on sanitary sewers and storm sewers under 101st Street. When the contractor began excavation between Louisville and Florence avenues, some additional issues became apparent with these structures. The sanitary sewer line is sagging due to inadequate support from its trench 30 feet below the surface. The existing storm sewer had been built on top of an older storm sewer – the top of the old storm sewer was the base of the newer storm sewer. Cracks have formed in this stormwater system, and water is leaking into the surrounding soil, which negatively impacts drainage and could eventually undermine the road.

The repairs needed for the sanitary sewer and storm sewer are outside the scope of the original project, and there was not enough time before school starts to complete the repairs. A separate project will need to be done at a later date, and it will be scheduled for after the school year ends in May 2018. East 101st Street between Louisville and Florence avenues will need to be closed again next summer for this project.

It was decided that this solution would be best, considering the traffic flow needed for the 2017-2018 school year.