By TESA GLASS
---- — MT. VERNON — After more than a year of construction, South 34th Street will officially open Friday.
“Construction is 90 to 95 percent complete and all the concrete has been poured,” City Engineer Brad Ruble reported last week.
A ribbon cutting has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the intersection of South 34th and Peach Streets — the area where the widening and resurfacing project began, according to Mayor Mary Jane Chesley.
The project was on track for completion by the end of the second quarter 2013. The project, which includes a multi-use in the street trail, sidewalks, a new road surface and widening, began construction in June 2012, after Moniger Excavating Company, Inc., of Moro won the low bid at $1.6 million.
The project started at the Peach Street intersection so the construction of that portion of the roadway could be completed by the time school started in Augutst 2012, to allow students, parents and staff access to J.L. Buford Intermediate Center.
Work on the project was halted in October 2012 for the winter, due to weather concerns. Construction resumed in March. During the winter, motorists and residents of the area bypassed the sections of the roadway from Water Tower Place to Veterans Memorial Drive.
Ruble reported after the ribbon cutting, clean up, striping and signage could be completed within a week.
The re-alignment of South 34th and Veterans Memorial Drive south from Veterans is expected to be ready for construction in 2014, according to information released by the city.