UPDATE (noon, July 6): No word from the city on this yet, but I checked with the contractor, John Hyland Construction. Vice President Shaun Hyland e-mails: “The alley way will be blocked off until construction is complete around Sept. 2013.”
ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS:
The fences have gone up. The 12th Avenue freeze-out seems to have gone into effect. If you use that weird 12th Avenue bike route through the center of town, yesterday you may have noticed this at the former PeaceHealth clinic:
I’m talking about the orange fencing, not the guy on the bike.
We suspect construction is beginning on the Capstone student apartment complex so they have blocked 12th Avenue through the construction site between Olive and Willamette. I just noticed this last night and didn’t have time to check with the city on the particulars.
If anyone out there from the city is reading, you can leave a comment if there’s anything to add here.
As I remember, Capstone actually purchased this alley from the city and plans to build a bikeway through here. But I’m guessing it’s all going to be under construction for, what, probably a year or something.
I guess this leaves us with 15th and/or 13th-and-11th as the best east-west routes through downtown.
I’m thinking this is going to annoy some people, because of all of those east-west routes, I’d say 12th is probably the sleepiest — probably the best for people who don’t like to mix it up with traffic.
Thoughts on other alternative routes from the west-of-downtown neighborhoods to campus?