East Cedar Street
Please check this page frequently for information and updates on the East Cedar Street reconstruction project. Updates will include details on project phases, planned closures and detours, and other relevant information to help residents navigate the project area. A full set of project plans may be found under the Project Details tab below.
Utility work scheduled near intersections of East Cedar Street and Golf Street
Beginning April 13, 2021, city crews will be upgrading utility lines near the intersection of East Cedar and Golf streets and will be moving down Golf Street in the coming days. Additionally, utility work is scheduled to begin along East Cedar Street between its intersections with Virginia and Georgia avenues by the end of the week. Please use caution when traveling in the area and use alternate routes when possible.
East Cedar Street closure between King College Rd and Florida Ave
Beginning Monday, January 11, 2021, a portion of East Cedar Street will be closed to traffic between the intersection with King College Rd and Florida avenue. This will be a prolonged closure estimated to last approximately 4 months.
The closure is necessary to safely complete major construction along this section of East Cedar Street, which will include the straightening of an “S” curve, the relocation of utilities, and grade work to improve the vertical road alignment. Arrangements have been made for residents within the construction zone to maintain access to their homes, but all other traffic will be diverted around the area. King University can be accessed via entrances on East State Street and King College Road.
When traveling westbound on King College Road toward East Cedar Street, motorists will be directed to continue along King College Road/East State Street toward downtown. When traveling eastbound on East Cedar Street, motorists will be directed to turn left on Florida Avenue, then follow Spruce Street to East State Street.
This project consist of rebuilding approximately 1.21 miles of East Cedar St from the 5th St intersection to the King College Rd intersection. Key design elements include:
A typical road section consisting of two 12-foot travel lanes and 5-foot wide sidewalks on both sides of the road. Sidewalks will also be provided within the project limits on both sides of the intersecting roads such as Virginia Ave, Kentucky Ave, Pennsylvania Ave, Carolina Ave, Maryland Ave, Georgia Ave, and Florida Ave.
Modification of the 5th St intersection to include appropriate turn lanes and upgrades to the traffic signal. The signal will also be interconnected with the railroad crossing to improve safety at the crossing.
Modification of the Virginia Ave intersection and signal to include additional left turn lanes on Virginia Ave and East Cedar St.
Realignment of the road between Golf St and Halverstadt Dr (entrance to King University) to eliminate the "S" curve.
Changes to the vertical road geometry in certain areas to provide better sight distance. The intersections of Georgia Ave and Kentucky Ave are two of the main areas where this will be improved.
Click here to view the slides presented at the public information meetings on October 20 and 27, 2020.
To view more detailed plans of specific portions of the project, please click here.
Public Information Meetings
Public meetings were held on October 20 and 27, 2020 where members of the public had an opportunity to hear from the East Cedar St project team. In the video below, City Engineer Jake Chandler, Jeff Mize with CDM Smith, and Kevin Buck with Baker's Construction Services provide an overview of the project.