Telford Street Opening to Traffic Soon

JMA and the site contractor J. Derenzo & Co. have been working the past few weeks to complete the new Telford Street Extension and open it up to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  The north end of the roadway opened a few weeks ago, but temporarily routed to the STAR market parking lot.  Sometime in the next two weeks, the full length of Telford Street will be open to traffic from Holton Street to Western and on up to Soldiers Field Road.  This will allow for the best connectivity between the residential neighborhood and Western Avenue since before Brighton Mills was built.

The site contractor is laying new granite curb along the roadway’s eastern side, and will soon begin pouring a new public sidewalk.  The small plaza, reconfigured parking area, and new STAR market exterior wall are finishing up, as well.  The newly reshaped area should be more inviting to walk-up customers while remaining convenient for drivers.

Aerial view of the first layer of pavement going on the middle section of Telford Street


Workers spread hot asphalt to prepare for the roller along the new section of Telford Street

More work remains to be done: landscaping, street trees and new street lights will be installed next year (the old parking lot lights will be used for temporary lighting in the interim).  The western curb and sidewalk will remain unfinished and behind the project construction fence until 2013.  In the meantime the opening of Telford Street is an important construction milestone for the neighborhood and the project, and on this week in particular, for that we give thanks.


Autumn Excavation

Work continues on the site to prepare the full length of the new Telford Street extension to open later this month.  At the same time, masonry, framing, roofing and sitework continue to form the new edge to the reshaped Brighton Mills. The bulk of the site activity for the next few months, however, will be excavating the front half of the site down more than 12 feet to construct the foundations and slab of the new underground garage.

The sitework contractor has multiple excavators removing earth and loading it in trucks for disposal off-site.

The garage will contain spaces for 242 cars, a maintenance shop, bike and other storage, and several mechanical spaces.  To make room for all that, JMA and J. Derenzo & Co. must first relocate about 130,000 tons of earth.  The newly installed steel sheeting will hold back the sides of the excavation as it gets deeper.

As much earth as possible will be reused on site.  The majority, however must be loaded on 10-15 trucks daily and hauled to disposal locations, a process that should take until February.  As the excavation reaches the bottom in certain portions by year’s end, concrete workers will arrive to begin forming the garage foundations.