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This week’s update begins with a reminder: James Street is open to local traffic. Columbus residents are allowed to drive on the road, provided they do so slowly for the safety of the construction workers. No one may access the closed portion of James Street via the Dix Street/Industrial Drive intersection, but many of the cross streets allow room for cars to pass.
The barricades that remain up are meant to block truckers who must continue to use the detour, and discourage drivers from outside the area clogging the new road with through traffic.
If you have been driving across the Dix Street/James Street/Industrial Drive intersection lately you undoubtedly have been appreciating the free flow of traffic. This will remain the case until line painting begins, likely early in the week of Monday, Nov. 6.
Businesses along West James Street, Dix Street and Industrial Drive that had their driveways removed will see the preparatory work begin Thursday, Nov. 2, for the concrete and asphalt pours to follow.
On Friday, Nov. 3, West James Street, will be blocked off between Lewis Street and Maple Avenue so that crews can pour colored crosswalks near Charles Street and American Packaging. As soon as the walkways have dried, the street will be reopened.
That is it for this week. If you have any questions, problems or concerns regarding the James Street Reconstruction Project, please e-mail our Business Liaison Intern, JT Cestkowski, at firstname.lastname@example.org. And continue to check in with www.askjames1660.com for all of the latest news.