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Jordan Avenue moves into final construction phase; Arboretum work wrapped up

Feb. 5, 2015

Travelers along Jordan Avenue will notice improvements as a major construction project moves into its final phase.

The second phase of IU's portion of the Jordan Avenue construction project wrapped up last week. Bike lanes have been added to each side of the street, a landscape median now separates traffic lanes, sidewalks have been replaced, and pedestrian crosswalks have been formalized. 

Jordan Avenue

Bike lanes, a landscaped median, new sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks are among changes to Jordan Avenue.

Canopy trees have been planted in the median and on both sides of the street, and new pathway lights line the walkways. Sod and other plantings will be installed in the spring when the weather is better, and the City of Bloomington will install a final surface coat of asphalt and new street markings in the spring. 

“The first priority of this project was to increase pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety on this stretch of Jordan Avenue,” said Mark Ramsey, director of landscape architecture at IU. “This provided us an opportunity to make some significant improvements to the look and feel of the street and to reinforce the character of this portion of campus.”

Construction on Jordan Avenue began in the fall of 2013 with the reconstruction of the Jordan Avenue and University Road intersection, including the realignment of the south side of the circulation drive at the Musical Arts Center. Significant pedestrian circulation improvements were made in the adjacent area.

Phase three of the project is being prepared for bidding in March, with construction scheduled to start immediately after graduation, according to Ramsey.

That phase will start at the intersection of University Road and end south of the bridge over the Jordan River and will include a central landscape median, new lights, tree lawns between the sidewalks and curbs and more limestone-clad retaining walls.

The Arboretum

Sidewalk and lighting work on the Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Arboretum has also wrapped up, minus some topsoil and sod work, which will take place in the spring.

Work began in September and included replacement of all of the existing concrete walks and walkways lights.

“The walks were deteriorating to the point that failing to replace them could have created a hazardous condition," Ramsey said. ‘The lights were outdated and inefficient, and replacement parts were no longer available for repairs.”

New LED lights and fixtures were installed throughout the arboretum, and the previous concrete walk was replaced with a colored sand finish concrete. 

“The end result is a safe and attractive network of walkways in the same configuration as what was replaced,” Ramsey said. “The new walks and lights subtly update one of the most loved spaces on the campus.”

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