Hamilton Corridor improvements underway

Thursday, June 25, 2020

A project to improve safety along the Hamilton Street Corridor from Desmet to North Foothills is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 29, and continue through November. The project is designed to make long-desired safety and traffic flow improvements at six intersections, including the addition of dedicated left turn pockets and signals.

Here’s what’s included:

  • The Hamilton intersections with Mission, Indiana and North Foothills will get protected left-turn signals (arrows) for all four directions at the intersection.
  • The Hamilton intersections with Sharp and Illinois will get protected left-turn signals for the north and southbound directions.
  • The Hamilton and Desmet intersection, which currently has a pedestrian-activated rapid flashing beacon, will be upgraded to prohibit all left-turn movements. The changes will allow pedestrians to use crosswalks on both the north and south sides of the intersection.

Work will begin first on the Hamilton intersections at Mission and Desmet, with that work continuing into August. Then, crews will move to the Hamilton intersections with Sharp and Illinois, and then finally Indiana and North Foothills.

One lane in each direction on Hamilton will be maintained throughout the project, along with access to businesses. But, it will cause delays on this heavily used commuter route. Closures or lane closures on the impacted east-west streets will be needed to complete the work. This section of Hamilton carries about 30,000 vehicles a day.

Project will begin June 29 and continue through November

Marlene Feist, Public Works, (509) 625-6505