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Q&A: What’s going on with sidewalk work on Mariposa/Madison?


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File photo from 2019, showing roadway improvements along a section of Mariposa Avenue, as part of a ‘Safe Routes to School’ project. // CH Sentinel

Sentinel staff report–
Sidewalk and curb work on Mariposa Avenue near Madison Avenue has been paused in recent weeks, causing some to wonder when the work will resume.

City spokeswoman Nichole Baxter on Thursday told The Sentinel the project has been affected by supply chain and scheduling issues due to the pandemic, but she said the project will resume soon.

“Procuring material and locking in scheduled work has been impacted by COVID, like any construction project, however the contractor should be pouring the sidewalks back very soon,” said Baxter.

The new sidewalks are part of a larger, grant-funded project known as the “Mariposa Safe Routes to School” project, currently in phase four. The project spans along Mariposa Avenue, from Madison Avenue to Greenback Lane, with a goal to complete a bicycle and pedestrian network between Skycrest Elementary School, San Juan Park and San Juan High School.

Baxter said signal upgrades were also installed on Feb. 2 at the intersection of Madison and Mariposa, which she said is one of the final items of work on the project. Upgrades included “enhanced pedestrian crossings,” count-down pedestrian signals, and ADA-accessible push buttons.

Additional work will be completed in the spring, as temperatures allow, she said, noting plans for final pavement restoration and striping.

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