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.

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Project Update August 2023

As the East Cedar Street construction project continues, temporary traffic lights are now in place at the East Cedar/Virginia Avenue intersection and traffic flow along Virginia Avenue has been reduced to one lane in each direction. This change is necessary while crews from Baker Construction Services continue to install storm drains, signals, and sidewalks and make other scheduled improvements in this area. Motorists can expect traffic congestion/delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible.

Work to reconstruct the entire 1.2-mile stretch of East Cedar Street from King College Road to 5th Street began in late 2020 with an anticipated completion date of October 2022. About 85 percent of the project has been completed to date, but the relocation of utilities – a necessary first step that impacts all phases of construction – has resulted in significant delays during each step of the project. Numerous utility conflicts were discovered as the project progressed, creating a chain reaction of delays that extended the project past its original completion date. However, major work to move water, sewer, natural gas, electric and telecommunications infrastructures has been completed and the project is on track for completion later this year. 

As the final phase of work continues in the areas around Virginia Avenue and Kentucky Avenue, the City of Bristol extends its thanks to those impacted by this ongoing project. We appreciate your patience and ask that you continue to use caution in this area.