This project will provide a continuous multi-use trail bypassing the busy intersection of Mississippi Avenue and Parker Road by building an underpass beneath the road. The new underpass will eliminate Parker Road as a barrier, significantly improving the safety and experience of the High Line Canal Trail pedestrians and cyclists. Users currently experience long delays of up to 120 seconds at the Mississippi Avenue and Parker Road intersection. The new underpass will also create a quicker connection, while enhancing traffic operations.
To accommodate bicycle travel and improve connections during construction, new on-street bike facilities will be installed on Valentia Street, from E Mississippi Avenue to Fairmount Drive. The street will be reconfigured with one travel lane and a buffered bike lane in both directions.
Design for the bike facility was completed in summer 2019 and installation is expected in Fall 2019, so alternate access is in place when construction begins at the Mississippi/Parker underpass.
Final designs were completed in summer 2019. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020.