April 29, 2017

Beware of altered traffic patterns as work continues on GRTC Pulse Cleveland Street station

Watch out for concrete barriers–and don’t accidentally make a left hand turn into them–near Scott’s Addition this spring and summer.

Work on the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit system continues to march on along W. Broad Street. As part of the construction work, a new bus station is currently being constructed near Scott’s Addition, which will impact traffic at two intersections for the forseeable future.

Crews with contractor Lane Construction are currently working on the Cleveland eastbound and westbound median station platforms located at Broad and Cleveland Streets and Broad and Altamont Streets. Concrete barriers have been installed in the median of Broad Street at these two intersections and through the Cleveland station footprints.

Left turn access from Broad Street onto Cleveland Street and Altamont Avenue is currently not possible due to the barriers. During this construction there are additional temporary left-turn restrictions from these two side streets onto Broad Street, as follows, per GRTC:

  • Cleveland Street intersects Broad Street on the eastbound/south side (Museum District side). It does not continue through to the north side. Motorists traveling on eastbound Broad Street can still access Cleveland Street with a right-hand turn. Motorists traveling north on Cleveland Street (from the Museum District) can turn right onto Broad Street; however, they cannot turn left onto westbound Broad Street, due to the closure. Once the Pulse is operational, motorists will be allowed a left turn onto westbound Broad Street, from Cleveland Street.
  • Altamont Avenue intersects Broad Street on the westbound/north side (Scott’s Addition side). Motorists traveling on westbound Broad Street can still access Altamont Street with a right-hand turn. Motorists traveling south on Altamont, from Scott’s Addition, can turn right onto westbound Broad Street. They cannot turn left onto eastbound Broad Street, due to the closure.  Once the Pulse is operational, motorists will be allowed a left turn onto eastbound Broad Street, from Altamont Street.

There are several alternative left-turn access points from Broad Street into Scott’s Addition and Museum District during this phase of construction, including Sheppard Street, Roseneath Road, Thompson Street, and Tilden Street. Also, right-hand turns onto Broad Street from side streets remain open and accessible.

Two travel lanes in each direction of Broad Street remain open. There is no need to detour off of Broad Street. The future median Pulse-only dedicated travel lanes will be permanently closed to general vehicular traffic. Permanent conditions will prohibit left turns from Broad onto both Cleveland and Altamont, but will allow left turns from Cleveland and Altamont onto Broad. Additionally, permanent conditions will permit left turns at Sheppard Street, Tilden Street, and Roseneath Road (see map below).

A construction hotline is active at 804.980.0084, providing updates on construction and expected impacts. For updates online, visit the Pulse Construction Updates page of GRTC’s website.

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