Construction begins this week on a $1.5 million project to improve pedestrian safety and the aesthetics along High Street, from McCartney Street to Anderson Courtyard. At least one-way through traffic and access to the Markle parking deck will be maintained throughout the project, but detours will be implemented on occasion. You can still get there from here, it might just take a little longer.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of August, includes:

  • Elimination of parking along High Street.
  • Creation of a median in the middle of High Street, trimmed with granite and planted with a combination of ground cover and flowering trees. The median in the stretch of road near the Williams Center will include fall- and spring-flowering Cherry Trees; in front of Markle, the median will consist of ground cover selected to complement the existing Linden trees.
  • Converting sidewalks along both sides of High Street to brick.
  • Improved crosswalks.
  • Better storm water management.
  • And the addition of a stop sign – cue the applause – at the top of Hamilton Street, where it intersects with High Street.

The bus stop in front of the Williams Center will be moved to in front of Kirby Sports Center on Hamilton Street during this project. The Williams Center bus stop will return in August; that new bus stop on Hamilton will remain in place for athletic teams and other uses.

The project is funded in part by a $1.1 million grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. We thank Secretary Davin, Sen. Boscola, Rep. Freeman and Easton Mayor Sal Panto for their support.

The inconvenience of this project may be reminiscent of the changes made to the quad several years ago. If you get frustrated, walk over to the quad, grab an Adirondack chair, and remind yourself it will all be worth it.

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