It took Acres Green resident June Ripka 15 minutes to travel less than a half-mile on Park Meadows Drive Aug. 25, a delay that finally forced her to turn around and take an alternate route, almost making her late for her Sunday shift at Kohl’s.
Hundreds of Lone Tree area residents and shoppers, navigating the street narrowed and congested by construction, have similar stories.
The good news is that crews reopened all four lanes between Quebec Street and Acres Green Drive on Aug. 26. The bad news: They’ll be back.
“The street will be fully open and fully functional for a couple of weeks,” said Lone Tree public works director John Cotten. “It’s a little bit of a reliever for a short period of time. Then we’ll come back about the middle of September and (the contractor) will be tearing up the north-side lanes. So it’ll look much like it did before, only reversed.”
The entire Park Meadows Drive project is planned for completion in late October. The work includes replacing failed concrete and installing a landscaped median. The four-lane street, flanked by popular businesses like Sam’s Club and Kohl’s, is heavily used by area residents, commuters and shoppers. Reduced to two lanes, it’s been transformed for much of the last month into a slow-moving vehicular snarl.
Cotten, whose staff has been working closely with Park Meadows Drive businesses to ensure customer access, is well aware of the delays and inconveniences it’s caused.
“We’re getting a lot of calls,” he said. “But honestly, most people are saying we understand why you’re doing it, it’s just a pain in the neck.
“There really was no other way of doing it. Hopefully, it will be a lot better when we get done.”
The $1.4 million project is jointly financed by Lone Tree and the Park Meadows Metropolitan District.