Demolition and replacement of the deteriorating Kingshighway viaduct, located between Shaw Boulevard and Vandeventer/Southwest avenues, could begin in the last quarter of 2013, according to the city's chief bridge engineer Richard Stockmann.
Plans call for a new viaduct with three lanes in each direction and five foot wide sidewalks on each side. Concrete safety barriers would be constructed along the perimeter. The new roadway will be 90 feet wide within the existing 100 foot right-of-way.
The plan calls for current side roads leading down to Daggett Avenue and the railroad tracks to be eliminated. Much of the open space currently under the roadway will be filled in. At a May 2 public hearing held at City Hall, criticism of the plan included the elimination of the popular skate park located under the roadway.
"A lot of people would prefer that the skate park be kept down there. People are also concerned that the sidewalks are not wide enough. But, really, there was nothing too serious in the way of opposition," Stockmann said.
Shaw Boulevard east of Kingshighway will be reconfigured and a turn lane will be added to southbound Kingshighway to allow left turns onto eastbound Shaw. Aesthetically-designed features consistent with the adjoining neighborhoods will be incorporated into the bridge railings and lighting fixtures.