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August 31, 2018


Update: Construction Timetable for Busy Pedestrian Crossing Near MRH

As the new school year unfolds, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District wants all families to have this update on the timeline for the road/sidewalk improvement project at Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard.

The current phase of the project allows pedestrian crossings between QT and White Castle, and between QT and Raising Cane’s. Electronic signals are in place for pedestrians. The current phase prohibits pedestrian crossing between Raising Cane’s and CVS, and between CVS and White Castle. There are signs sitting on the sidewalks at Manchester & Sutton and at Big Bend & Flora, warning “SIDEWALK CLOSED AHEAD.” The signs were placed at those particular locations because electronic signals are in place there to regulate pedestrian crossings. They are designed to direct people to the correct sidewalks. MRH strongly encourages pedestrians who find themselves at a closed sidewalk to resist the temptation to cross outside the crosswalk. Instead, backtrack to the signaled crossings.

The map below depicts the safest routes. They are marked in green. Avoid the routes marked in red. 

Big Bend Manchester map 

The next (and final) phase of the project begins in mid to late September. This is later than expected by the county highway department, which cites a "small design change" for the delay. We expect to receive at least one week's notice before the switchover. The next phase will allow pedestrian crossings between Raising Cane’s and QT, and between Raising Cane’s and CVS. The “SIDEWALK CLOSED AHEAD” signs will be repositioned, with one of them being at Manchester & Oakland. (There is a pedestrian crossing signal at Manchester & Oakland.)

The district will distribute the next phase map as we get closer to the switchover.  

Please encourage your students to make wise choices at all intersections. 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.