Piedmont Avenue Closure Planned

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday July 25, 2006

Major repairs and renovations will keep alternating lanes closed on Piedmont Avenue for the next three weeks, said Kenneth Emeziem, supervising civil engineer for Berkeley’s Public Works Department. 

Crews will work Saturdays to finish the work before students return to UC Berkeley, he said. 

The affected stretch of roadway extends between Bancroft and Dwight ways. An earlier plan to extend the work onto the stretch within the campus was tabled until the university completes its massive expansion and construction planned for the Memorial Stadium area. 

The first two-week closure, beginning this past Saturday, will affect the southbound lane, with the north following. 

The last scheduled Saturday workday is Aug. 12, Emeziem said. 

Piedmont is a landmarked roadway, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect whose most famous creation is New York’s Central Park.