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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Kimball Avenue Reconstruction, Candlewood Drive to K-113 begins March 22

map of Kimball Avenue reconstruction project

A reconstruction project will begin on Kimball Avenue on Monday, March 22. Work will likely take six to eight months to complete, depending on weather conditions. 

The work to the street includes geometric improvements for the entrance into the Candlewood Shopping Center at Dara’s. This entrance has historically had a high crash rate, generally for vehicles exiting Dara’s (southbound) and attempting to turn left (eastbound) onto Kimball Avenue. With the development of the Pizza Hut drive-thru in the Candlewood Shopping Center, the Public Works Department was able to coordinate with the owner of the Candlewood Shopping Center to create a Benefit District and modify the entrance into Dara’s to be a right-in only and add a three-quarter (3/4) entrance approximately 200 feet to the east. The new ¾ entrance allows for right-in, left-in and right-out maneuvers. Left-out maneuvers are not allowed. Accompanying this configuration is the addition of right and left-turn deceleration lanes. 
In addition to the street work, the project includes construction of 8-feet-wide multi-use trails on both sides of the street. This addition accommodates the planning goals of the Parks and Recreation Department, creating safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists in a high-traffic, pedestrian-friendly area.

Also, Public Works design staff noted the existing single-barrel 9 foot x5 foot reinforced concrete box (RCB) underneath Kimball Avenue just west of K-113 (Seth Child Road) is greatly lacking in design capacity and that during a significant storm event in August of 2019, the CiCo Park detention elevations did not even reach the 10-year storm level, though the storm was apparently between the 50 and 100- year return period level. Overflows from this RCB currently top the street. Therefore, this Kimball Avenue Reconstruction project includes the addition of two more 9 foot x5 foot RCB sections, which when complete, this culvert will be a triple 9 foot x5 foot RCB. This improvement is expected to more fully utilize the CiCo Park detention capabilities and reduce overflows into the Virginia-Nevada system for large stormwater events.

For more information, read the construction contract award memo here.

Find a printable PDF of the map here.

See the complete detour route here. 

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