- Progress in Area I road work has been slowed because of unforeseen complications in relocating 550 feet of underground private utility lines and duct work starting at Stallworth and extending north. After the initial roadway design was complete, it was discovered in subsurface testing during construction that the lines are too shallow in relation to the final road surface. The utility was notified and relocation of the lines was requested. Until the lines are relocated roadway work in that area cannot be completed.
- The contractor did not meet the intermediate completion date for Area I and is now being assessed penalties for each day the project remains behind schedule. Weather and the holidays were a factor.
- More than 12 inches of rain fell in the area between November and January. The wet soil hampered work along the entire project, especially with the build-up of earth work in the area of the bridge.
During the last four months $1.3 million of work has been completed. The project is currently 61% complete, with 65% of the scheduled construction time elapsed. Work is progressing at a rate that will have the project finished by its fall target date, barring unforeseen circumstances. What to expect next:
- The Project Team will continue pressing to have the underground utilities relocated. As soon as they are moved the contractor will complete the remaining Area I roadway.
- With utility resolution in Area I, increased contractor staffing and work activity.
- Construction of concrete medians and planting islands from Hwy 51 to Carmel Estates, as well as construction of various curb tie-ins and sidewalk in Area I.
- Build-up of the road bed on both bridge approaches in Area II.
- The Project Team is working with the Carson’s Pond HOA on the construction of a retaining wall before installing the remaining section of sidewalk on the east side of Rea Road.
We understand and share your frustration, and we appreciate your patience. When complete, Rea Road will be a safer and more attractive roadway for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. And wildlife will benefit, too, with the new bridge design giving animals a wide, safe crossing underneath, reducing conflicts with traffic.
Planning & Design Phase
The project team of city staff and engineering professionals at the Michael Baker Corporation (formerly LPA Group) conducted the first public meeting in 2003. They identified issues of concern to citizens and neighborhoods along the Rea Road corridor. Click here to view all citizen issues
During the Planning Phase, the project team worked on the following:
- Developed roadway typical sections in accordance with the City's Urban Street Guidelines;
- Compiled a base map of existing conditions;
- Completed Hydrological study for Rea Branch and its tributary;
- Completed subsurface field data collection near Rea Branch and Carmel Estates Drive;
- Completed preliminary vertical alignment study for Rea Road baseline;
- Completed Traffic Analysis; and
- Conducted "open house" public meetings and workshops to educate citizens and gain input on the project.
The project team compiled information regarding accident data on two and four lane roads similar to traffic experienced on Rea Road. They have also reviewed experiences with Carmel Road before and after its widening work in 1997. Click here to view this information.
A citizen workshop was held on January 21, 2004. Citizens provided input on a variety of issues relating to the project. The top three issues are discussed in the March newsletter. Click here to view all citizen issues.
A public meeting was held on June 23, 2005.
The project team presented its recommended design and received positive public feedback.
An "open house" style public meeting was held on February 26. 2009. The design plans were shared with citizens. Click on the four links below to view the plans - in four sections.
To better understand the improvements that will take place on Rea Road, click on the links below to view "typical" road sections:Typical Two Lane Median Divided Roadway SectionTypical Roadway Section
, P.E., Engineering Senior Project Manager, 704-336-7926Felix Obregon
, CDOT Senior Project Manager, 704-432-5729