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Mayor Frey To Cut Ribbon On New North Loop Streets

It was a long spring, summer and fall of torn-up streets and detours in the neighborhood but we’re now starting to enjoy the results of that work.

Two massive city projects to reconstruct North Loop streets and improve pedestrian safety here are now substantially complete, and Mayor Jacob Frey will cut a ribbon to mark the occasion on Tuesday, November 19th.

North Loop streets were in widespread disrepair going into the project, in large part because of the shifting brick pavers that were placed on bare ground 100 years ago, and then randomly patched with asphalt over the decades.

This spring, city crews pulled up thousands of those historic bricks and took them to a storage lot until they could reconstruct the streets and lay down a thick layer of asphalt. Then the bricks were brought back and placed on that firm surface. They’re also being held in place on the sides now by concrete parking bays and curbs.

The project also provided new sidewalks, driveways, utility improvements and many more spaces for trees and grass. The pedestrian improvements include bump-outs which give walkers better visibility in trying to cross North Loop streets.

There is still work to be done, including the planting of trees and installation of new light poles, but the majority of the project is now finished.

The ribbon-cutting celebration with Mayor Frey and other city officials will take place on Tuesday afternoon at 3:15 at the corner of 3rd Street North and 8th Avenue North. The public is invited to attend.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association