Johnson Drive at Turkey Creek Bridge will close for two weeks starting July 20

Johnson Drive between Turkey Creek Bridge and the BNSF railroad tracks will close for two weeks, beginning July 20.

A section of Johnson Drive will be completely closed for two weeks as part of Merriam’s ongoing construction project for the corridor.

The closure, which starts July 20 for the stretch of Johnson Drive between Turkey Creek Bridge and the BNSF railroad tracks, is part of the Merriam’s Johnson Drive Improvements Project.

Construction crews will start at 7 p.m. to replace the entire deteriorating roadway, curbs and sidewalks. Surrounding businesses on Johnson Drive will be open during the road closure, according to a city new release.

“Construction crews are expected to restrict eastbound Johnson Drive to one lane of traffic from Merriam Drive to west city limits beginning Aug. 9,” according to the city news release.

“Despite the disruption, there is less overall impact,” the city stated in its status report online. “It would take construction crews up to six weeks to complete the job for a partial closure compared to two weeks for a full closure.”

Merriam also stated that a full closure saves an estimated 20 to 25 percent in construction dollars because of less overall labor time.

“Paving operations during a full closure can be done with fewer passes, which means fewer ‘seams’ in asphalt pavement or fewer construction joints in concrete pavement,” the city reported. “Also, starting and stopping paving operations can affect the smoothness and rideability of the finished product.”

The Johnson Drive project started June 18 with repavement on Johnson Drive and replacement of curbs, sidewalks and driveway approaches from Kessler Lane to the west city limits.

In addition, the construction project includes:

  • Replacement of all sidewalks along both sides of Johnson Drive
  • Replacement of all driveway approaches
  • Replacement of some curbs and gutters
  • New pedestrian signals near Mastin and near Goodman
  • New streetlights along both sides of Johnson Drive

The entire project should be complete by Oct. 15. Visit merriam.org/johnsondrive for more information.