The most perilous intersection in Monterey for pedestrians is going to get a long-planned makeover starting Monday.
The renovations at Del Monte Avenue and Pacific Street, mostly financed by $655,000 in state traffic safety funds and other state money, will be done in three stages and should be done by July 1, city officials say.
"It is one of the most difficult intersections in Monterey to do construction on," said city traffic engineer Rich Deal on Friday.
The intersection is at the crossroads of two of Monterey's largest hotels, the city conference center and Troia's Market, a popular downtown sandwich outlet.
"We are trying to minimize the impact of the construction on the hotels and convention center," Deal said.
The market will remain open throughout and customers will be able to enter from both Pacific Street and Del Monte Avenue.
The work will include reconstruction of the intersection, new signal lights, new street lights and storm drain improvements.
Deal said the intersection has racked up the most pedestrian-vehicle accidents of any city crossroads, and its design is "highly outdated" under current codes.
The project, in the works for two years, is an "essential safety project," he said.
An elderly man died in September 2010 when he was hit by a bus while walking across a sidewalk at the intersection in the early morning fog.
At the site, Pacific Street carries about 15,000 vehicles a day, while Del Monte Avenue has about
The construction will force some detours and lane closures and will add "a little more congestion," Deal said.
The city said the project will:
· Close the west leg of Del Monte Avenue between Pacific Street and the Troia's driveway from Monday until March 28. One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open on Pacific Street.
· Allow westbound traffic exiting downtown on Del Monte Avenue to turn right on Pacific toward Lighthouse Avenue or left on Pacific toward Franklin Street.
· Force a detour for southbound traffic on Pacific Street Feb. 19 and 20. The detour will take vehicles from Lighthouse Curve onto Scott Street, Van Buren Street, Franklin Street and back to Pacific Street. Northbound traffic will not be detoured.
Updated project information will be on the city website at www.monterey.org/projects.
Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or email@example.com.