Ok, we totally are excited about the new State Street Garage expansion, but good lord, that project can't be done soon enough. First there were lane closures, then the temporary street closures, then the inevitable delays. And now comes word that the city is going to block off ALL of S. Central Street below the garage UNTIL APRIL 15!!!
We are sure the city couldn't figure out some other way to do this, but given all the one-way loops that depend on circling on Central, it's going to make driving downtown awfully inconvenient for the next month. So plan your routes accordingly.
Full press release below:
SOUTH CENTRAL ST. CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC UNTIL APRIL 15Because of ongoing construction on the State Street Garage, South Central Street will be closed between Union and Clinch avenues from now until April 15th. This means drivers will not be able to access Neyland Drive if they turn onto South Central from Summit Hill Drive, and they will not be able to turn onto South Central from Union Avenue at all. The closure is necessary to accommodate a large construction crane.The State Street Garage expansion is a $6.1 million project that will add 240 new spaces to the garage's existing 842 spaces. It will also add an elevated walkway across State Street to connect to Gay Street, replacing the now-closed escalator.For more information and regular updates, please see the project blog at http://statestreetgarage.blogspot.com/.