Bulletin Staff Report

Empire Avenue between Purcell Boulevard and 18th Street will reopen Friday, a few days earlier than expected.

The road has been closed since early September for a $5.5 million project to rebuild the existing road and add a new roundabout at the intersection of Empire Avenue and Purcell Boulevard. Construction on the roundabout is expected to continue through the winter if weather permits.

Drivers in the area on Friday afternoon should expect to see flaggers at the intersection of 18th Street and Brinson Boulevard. After Friday, the city doesn’t anticipate major traffic impacts in the area through the winter.

Construction on the roundabout should end by June, at which point a contractor will begin working on extending Empire Avenue east to 27th Street.