Shepherd Avenue Between Perrin and Millbrook To Reopen To Traffic This Afternoon
– City of Fresno officials today announced that Shepherd Avenue between Perrin and Millbook avenues will reopen to traffic today at approximately 3 p.m.
The section of Shepherd has been closed since early June as part of the Sugar Pine Trail Underpass Project. The $1.478 million project includes construction of a 12-foot diameter pre-cast, reinforced concrete arch tunnel system under Shepherd Avenue to allow unimpeded vehicular traffic flow along Shepherd at the Sugar Pine Trail crossing.
While the Shepherd road work is completed, the work on the tunnel portion of the project will continue. The tunnel is not scheduled to open until December. People wanting to cross Shepherd should use the crosswalk on the south side of the intersection of Shepherd and Millbrook.
The Sugar Pine Trail project also includes lighting within the tunnel and at its entrances, landscaping, storm water facilities, the relocation of an existing 12-inch water main, and repair of existing street improvements affected by the project.
The underpass project, which was paid for by federal funds, is consistent with the City of Fresno Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan and will be the fifth trail underpass in the City of Fresno and the ninth underpass on the Fresno Sugar Pine-Clovis Old Town Trail Corridor.
The entire project is on schedule and within its budget.
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