Businesses Open During Construction
Please remember that no businesses are closed due to the Houston Street Project. The Popcorn Depot, Open Range, Depot Museum, the Professional Building and all the businesses on Island Avenue are all easily accessible at all times, though you may find yourself waling just a bit further for a parking space. Please cross your fingers for continued good work weather.
Houston Street Update
The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of October 26:
• Abbey has completed the roadway curbs. They have started pouring concrete sidewalks and will be on site for the next 7 - 10 days to complete the last planter, driveway aprons, and sidewalks.
• Asphalt binder course is now completed.
• Rainmakers Irrigation is on site installing valve boxes in the planter islands and constructing the control cabinet.
• Thorne Electric is on site to install street light pole foundations and electric hand holes.
• Breezy Hill is scheduled to start installing brick pavers on Monday, October 26, in the fountain plaza area and sidewalk sections at the intersections.
It's an all-new service model for Pace users, with a bunch of changes, so Pace is offering a friendly reminder prior to the Oct. 26 launch.
One of the cool things is that these are service changes that transit riders helped design — including bus routes that operate more frequently, later at night and that travels to newly developed retail destinations around the area.
The idea is to maximize service to the destinations with the highest demand for travel. New destinations include the Walmart Supercenter near Kirk and Butterfield roads and the Woodman’s on Orchard Road, and two new routes will be added: Route 540 Farnsworth Road and the Southeast Aurora Call-n-Ride, which provides reservation-based service to the general public anywhere within a defined geographic area.
You should pay attention if you're a regular rider of Pace buses, because five other current routes will have adjustments to both their timing and routing, and two others will have timing adjustments only. Three routes will be eliminated, though key segments and destinations on those routes will continue to be served by new routes or modifications to current routes.
Complete details, including system maps and individual passenger notices describing changes for each route, are available on this page of the pacebus.com website. A second phase of service improvements primarily operating on or near Route 59, are planned for implementation in early 2016.
The service changes will be promoted to riders in a number of ways, including notices posted on buses and at the Aurora Transportation Center, and Pace staff will serve as “transit ambassadors” to guide riders and answer questions at select locations.
Additionally booklets providing the new maps and schedule information for each route in the area will be distributed on buses and through the transit ambassador campaign.
Pace regularly evaluates the performance of individual bus routes to determine the need for minor routing changes or scheduling adjustments, but periodically, opportunities are presented to make a series of service changes to routes in a particular area. The RTA provided funding for a market research study about Pace usage in the Aurora area, and the results identified opportunities to improve service to Aurora’s Hispanic community and found that riders and non-riders would increase their use of Pace if service frequency and span are improved.
The parking lot is scheduled to be paved on Monday and Tuesday next week, weather pending. The access to the lot will continue to remain closed over the weekend and hopefully will be opened late next week or early the week of 11/2. Thank you for your continued patience.
Week of 10/26: The contractor intends to apply a second application of herbicide on any remaining green areas in the next week or two, weather pending. The native seeds will be spread at least a week after the application.
The basin located in the Batavia Industrial Center located at the end of Nagel Blvd, just west of Raddant, north of Maves and east of Surrey will undergo a Prescribed Controlled Burn anticipated early in the week of 10/26, weather dependent . This burn has been permitted and approved and the Fire Department has already been notified. Please note there may be smoke in the vicinity. The contractor will post signs in the area the day of the burn. Any questions please contact Andrea Podraza in Engineering at (630) 454-2757.
Please click on the link below for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce “Weekly Digest” highlighting the week’s events and any chamber news.http://conta.cc/1XkJKq5