Lead and Coal are going down for 18 months


One-way arteries in the university area and Nob Hill will be under construction for the next year and a half. The city's doing it for better drainage, wider sidewalks and landscaping that will impart a "more parkway feel."

Bike lanes will be preserved, says Mark Motsko, spokesperson for the Municipal Development Department. The project will extend from I-25 to Washington along Lead and Coal.

Work and closures begin at the end of October and are scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2012. It will happen in phases. First, Coal will be shut down, and Lead will become a two-way street, says Motsko. Then, vice versa. In the meantime, cyclists will be diverted to Silver, the bike boulevard.

Mayor Richard Berry urges citizens to go to the open house and meeting today about the construction. It will be at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (114 Carlisle SE). The open house is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. City staff will give a presentation at 6 p.m.