Telford Street Open to Traffic

Having completed site grading and paving and the completion of the STAR market facade, the new Telford Street extension from Western Avenue to Holton Street is open to the public.  This marks an important milestone for the development and the neighborhood. 

What is done: earth grading, paving of the first two pavement layers, road striping, east (Brighton Mills) side curbing, temporary asphalt sidewalk, temporary site lighting

What remains to be done in the spring: finish paving, road & bike lane striping, permanent lighting, street trees and landscaping

In 2013, the west (Charlesview) side improvements will be installed as the development nears completion.  In the meantime, the newly opened road segment will allow for safe vehicle and pedestrian access to the neighborhood.

Partial Telford Street Opening on Wednesday

What a difference a week makes: compare the photo above with the photo in the previous post, and see the new Telford Street extension become reality.

On Wednesday (10/26), the traffic pattern to enter Brighton Mills will shift, with the existing entry drive closed off and vehicles and pedestrians routed about 40 feet to the east to the northern section of the new Telford Street extension.  Likewise, STAR trucks will be rerouted to the southern portion of the new street (though it will remain restricted to trucks until the full street is opened).  For the next few weeks, this new entry will temporarily route cars into the Brighton Mills parking lot while the middle section of Telford Street is under construction. 

By mid-November, the full length of Telford Street should be open, reconnecting Holton Street to Western Ave.  By the end of the year, a new traffic light will be installed at the intersection of Telford and Western (as part of the related McDonald’s reconstruction project), which should substantially ease vehicle and pedestrian movement in the area.

Shift in Brighton Mills Access Coming Soon

As detailed in this space previously, the construction of a new street through the center of Brighton Mills is an important milestone in the construction, both to improve access through the site and to the Brighton Mills retailers, as well as to contain the Charlesview construction within a single fence.  The new street will be an extension of Telford Street from Western Ave to Holton Street.

To keep access to Brighton Mills open at all times, the transition to the new street will happen in stages over the next six weeks.  During this time, drivers and pedestrians should be prepared for the entry area to Brighton Mills to have shifted, though drive lanes and pedestrian walkways should be available at all times.  The new (permanent) street configuration, complete with a sidewalk along Brighton Mills, should be complete by the end of November.

The path of the new Telford Street Extension takes shape to the left of the existing Brighton Mills exit on Western Ave. Vehicle access will shift over the next six weeks.