Over the next two weeks, Downtown Crossing Phase 2 will finish progressing to construction Stage 7. Work areas will shift locations and the beginnings of the new Orange Street intersection will be built. The temporary closure of a portion of Orange Street, originally scheduled to occur on Wednesday, May 27, was delayed due to weather and will now occur on Monday, June 1, weather permitting. The permanent closure of a portion of North Frontage Road, also originally scheduled to occur last Wednesday, May 27 has been postponed for about two weeks. When the new closure date for North Frontage Road is set, we will provide advance notice to the public. Please see below for additional details, including a rendering of the traffic patterns for Stage 7.

Half of the block of Orange Street, between MLK Blvd. and George Street, will be temporarily closed for approximately two months to allow for construction. This temporary closure was originally planned to take place on Wednesday, May 27 th but was delayed due to weather conditions and is now scheduled to take place on Monday, June 1 .

During this temporary closure, drivers will not be not be able to turn right onto Orange Street from MLK Blvd. A detour will be put in place to allow motor vehicle access to this block of Orange Street. Drivers on MLK Blvd. will take continue on MLK Blvd. for a black, taking a take a right at Church Street, another right onto George Street, and then a right onto Orange Street to access the Knights of Columbus parking lots and/or Coliseum site parking. On-road signage will alert drivers to the detour.

As a result of this detour, vehicles that typically turn onto Orange Street will now remain on MLK Blvd for another block until turning right onto Church Street. The extra traffic on MLK Blvd., coupled with the traffic light at Church Street, is likely to cause traffic congestion and delays. Please consider an alternate route to access this area. Alternate route options are listed in articles towards the bottom of this email.

A map indicating the portion of Orange Street to be temporarily closed is included below.

The portion of North Frontage Road that begins at Water Street and ends at Orange Street behind the Knights of Columbus tower will be permanently closed to provide space for the new intersection that will reconnect Orange Street to South Orange Street across the former Rt. 34 highway. This permanent closure was originally planned to take place on Wednesday, May 27 th but will be rescheduled for a date within the next two weeks. We will provide advance notice of the closure to the public once a date has been set. A map indicating the portion of North Frontage Road to be permanently closed is included below.

Lane Closures
Throughout the two-week period of  Monday, June 1 - Friday, June 12, 2020 , various single lane closures may occur on the following roads to accommodate construction:

  • Inbound & Outbound Service Drives: that provide access to parking under 100 College Street and onto the Air Rights Garage
  • State Street at North Frontage Road: near the intersection of Union Avenue and Water Street
  • South Frontage Road: between South Orange Street and College Street
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard: between Orange Street and Church Street

Work Hours
All Downtown Crossing related work for this two-week period (   Monday, June 1 - Friday, June 12, 2020) is scheduled to occur during daytime work hours. Daytime work hours are weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Any construction work that may impact traffic flow will not occur between 7 and 9 a.m. or between 3 and 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Road signage will alert drivers and pedestrians to work areas and lane closures.

Please pay attention to this signage, slow down, and stay safe!