A Powell Boulevard safety improvement project is finally picking up some steam at the finish

DAVID F. ASHTON - A caravan of workers and equipment prepared Brooklyn-area intersections for paving in January, as part of the Powell Boulevard Safety Project. All-night paving projects have moved the ODPT 'Powell Boulevard Safety Project" closer toward completion.

Although icy-cold east winds whipped through the work areas along S.E. Powell Boulevard on the nights of January 15 and 16, workers from the ODOT contractor – the ?James W. Fowler Company – scraped, dug, paved, smoothed, and compacted the intersection areas from S.E. 21st to 34th Avenues.

On the 15th, the outside eastbound lanes of Powell Boulevard were closed to vehicle traffic and pedestrians, as an assembly-line procession of pavement surface grinders, excavators, sweepers, a paving machine, and a roller and compactor filled in the areas of pavement that had been missing for months in intersections.

On the 16th, the parade of gear and workers turned and headed westbound, finishing up those intersections as well.

Still left to do, in this ??$3,757,655 project – intended to "increase safety by reducing serious crashes within the project area" – is finishing up traffic-signal timing at S.E. 21st, 26th, and 33rd Avenues, which will include in-pavement vehicle detection systems to help signals let vehicles through the controlled intersections based on changing traffic volumes.

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