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Mason St. remains closed through August 3rd. While there is no set end time for all the construction, the city hopes to finish repairs by mid August.

Are you looking forward to better public transportation across town; or has the closure done nothing but add time and stress to your daily commute? Either way, we’re looking for public comment on our facebook wall. Find out what your friends think at the link:

A train engine sits at the North end of the Mason St. construction at Cherry St.

Summer Construction on Mason Street

July 16-22: Mason Street closed while crews prepare for the railroad track replacement and deliver materials and equipment for the work. Myrtle and Olive intersections will be closed/blocked by materials. Sidewalks will be open.

July 23-29: FULL CLOSURE on Mason Street from south of Cherry Street to north of Laurel Street. 24/7 construction operations. Cherry Street will always be open, Laurel will close mid week for track replacement, but other east west streets will reopen. Sidewalks will be open on Mason Street, but you will not be able to cross the street except at Cherry Street and Laurel Street. No Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway trains in the city.

FREE Shuttle around the closure (7/23-7/29): Watch for signed shuttle stops on Howes Street and College Avenue. The shuttles will stop every 10 minutes and take people around the closure. Monday-Saturday: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. View map (PDF)

July 30-Aug.3: Mason Street closed while crews build curbs and gutters around the new railroad tracks and restripe the road for two-way traffic. Some east west intersections will be open.

August: Final stripping and preparation for conversion to two-way traffic will require sections of Mason Street to be closed, watch for lane and intersection closures. Once complete, the road will reopen to two-way traffic and faster train travel on the new railroad tracks.
The traveling public is encouraged to plan extra time to navigate the closures. Businesses are open along Mason and its side streets, use alternate routes to access their parking and entrances.
Here are some links that will be helpful in finding detour routes and maps of construction.