MT. VERNON — South 34th Street south of the entrance to the Aquatic Zoo will be closed starting today.
The closure to Harlan Road will allow crews to reconstruct the roadway and to construct the entranceway to what has commonly been referred to as Samaritan Way.
The project is the second phase of an alignment and widening of South 34th Street from Peach Street south to its intersection with Harlan Road. Last year, during the first phase of the project, work to widen and put in sidewalks from Peach to Veterans Memorial Drive were completed. The design engineering for the new intersection with Veterans Memorial Drive is complete, but work will begin on the south end of the project to allow unimpeded traffic flow to the newly opened Aquatic Zoo.
"Motorists wishing to access the Cusumano Sports Complex fields or Harlan Road will be detoured to South 28th Street," information from the city states. "Access to theAquatic Zoo will only be available from the north."
South 28th Street is accessible from Veterans Memorial Drive, and extends to Harlan Road.
Prior to the construction portion of the project, Ameren crews moved power lines at a cost of $200,000 to the city, and cast iron water lines were replaced along the roadway.
After work on South 34th Street from the Aquatic Zoo to Harlan Road is completed, crews will wait until the closing of the aquatics facility before starting the section of street from Veterans Memorial Drive to the AZ, allowing the facility to remain open for the entire season.
Guinzy Construction of Ashley is the company which was awarded the contract for the project at $1.9 million, which came in well below the budgeted cost of $2.4 million.