By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – With a good dose of the clear weather that early fall typically brings, bike lanes on South Lamar Boulevard could be paved by the first week of October.
“If it would stay dry, in two weeks we should be done with the paving, and then we’d go back with seeding,” Shane Alford of D. Carroll Construction told members of the Oxford Pathways Commission on Monday. The project might already have been complete if not for heavy rains in August, which he said set the work back by two weeks.
Bike paths on Old Taylor Road, College Hill Road/Old Sardis Road and North Lamar will follow South Lamar’s completion.
Commission members discussed several major intersections that need signal and marking upgrades for safer pedestrian use. Assistant City Engineer Reanna Mayoral told Commission members that the city has budgeted for upgrades of two such intersections this year, and members voted to recommend University Avenue at Bramlett Boulevard/South 18th Street as the highest priority, followed by Jackson Avenue at the entrances to Walmart and Home Depot.
Several other Jackson Avenue intersections were mentioned for later upgrades – College Hill Road, Sorority Row and Fraternity Row – along with a crosswalk on University Avenue between Nutt Auditorium and the Gertrude Ford Center.