Oxford bike route construction to start soon

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – The second phase of the Lafayette-Oxford-University Pathways project is set to begin “early March at the latest,” said Will Finn of D. Carroll Construction.
Approval of an erosion-control plan is the last preconstruction task still pending.
The construction will add bike lanes to South Lamar Boulevard, Old Taylor Road, South 18th Street, North Lamar Boulevard and State Highway 30. Several other streets – Belk Drive, Bramlett Boulevard, Williams Avenue, Douglas Avenue and Park Drive – will have “shared lane markings” added.
“We will start on South Lamar … close to Highway 7 and work from South Lamar up to Belk,” Finn said. Next will come Old Taylor Road, an area with a high concentration of student residences, during the summer, before North Lamar and Highway 314 are finished next fall and winter, respectively. Striping, which takes much less time, will be done on a less-rigid schedule but is also aimed at completion by early spring of 2013.
Lafayette-Oxford-University Pathways Commission members, other city entities and the construction company will inform residents and commuters when their areas will be most affected via website, local media outlets and even door-to-door information campaigns.
“We’re trying to get some kind of map to go on the city’s website that’s not too big but that is detailed enough that you can go look at how it’s going to affect your yard,” said Kevin McLeod of Elliott & Britt Engineering, the firm that planned the project.
Finn added, “The more we make the public aware of what’s going on and where it’s going on, the easier it’ll be on everybody.”
errol.castens@journalinc.com