Sherman Boulevard at Goshen Avenue will close today, weather permitting, as work begins on a major road improvement project involving a new roundabout.
Goshen Avenue will remain open during construction, which is expected to continue until mid-fall. A detour route will use St. Marys Avenue at West State Boulevard, crossing Goshen Avenue to Russell Avenue. The route will connect to Sherman Boulevard on the north side of Goshen.
A temporary traffic light and crosswalk will also be installed at St. Marys Avenue, Russell Avenue and Goshen.
Ground was broken last year on the project, which officials say will improve safety for drivers and pedestrians and improve traffic flow in an area that is often heavily congested. The development stretches from State Boulevard to Cambridge Avenue and focuses on the five-legged intersection of Goshen, Sherman and Lillian Avenue. A center turn lane will serve nearly 50 businesses along the corridor.
More than 18,500 vehicles use the five-legged intersection every day.
The improvement also adds sidewalks, curbs and ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other enhancements include decorative LED lighting throughout the project, as well as trees, shrubs and other green infrastructure to control water runoff. There will also be an improved entrance and exit to the Foellinger Theatre parking lot.
Sidewalk improvements on Goshen have already been completed from State to Sherman, as have new curbs and gutters, water mains, and sewer pipe installations west of Sherman.