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Highland’s Veterans Honor Parkway taking shape

Work is about to wrap up on the northeast peripheral route in Highland. On Friday, Justin Odle of Keller Construction finishes the concrete. Keller Construction expects to pour the final lane of the project early next week.
Work is about to wrap up on the northeast peripheral route in Highland. On Friday, Justin Odle of Keller Construction finishes the concrete. Keller Construction expects to pour the final lane of the project early next week. News Leader

After 21 months, city officials say construction is starting to wrap up on Veterans Honor Parkway in eastern Highland.

On Friday, Keller Construction poured 150 truck loads of concrete to complete one of the lanes from Troxler Avenue to the new bridge over the CSX railroad tracks near Trestle Road.

Early next week, Keller is expected to pour the final lane, according to Clint Conrad, resident engineer with the Highland Public Works Department.

“While the road should be completed by Memorial Day, the city does not plan to open the road until it is completely finished for safety reasons,” Conrad said.

Keller Construction broke ground on the $6.5 million project in August 2013.

The Glen Carbon-based firm is expecting to complete the road, which will extend Iberg Road from Michael Road to Troxler Avenue, by June 30, Conrad said.

Similar to Frank Watson Parkway (the northwest route), the new Veterans Honor Parkway (northeast peripheral route) will have traffic and bicycle lanes.

But unlike any other project that the city has undertaken, this project had required a new bridge, which built over railroad tracks, rather than constructing an at-grade crossing.

Also on Friday, Keller Construction started to place rock at Dennis Rinderer Park, which is being built on the corner of Veterans Honor Parkway and Trestle Road.

In January, the city entered into an engineering agreement with Oates Associates Inc. for the first phase of the 13-acre park.

City Manager Mark Latham said the two-year project will be divided into two phases.

In the first phase, Keller Construction will install all of the park’s infrastructure, including a road entering into the park, parking lots and restrooms.

During the second phase, the city is planning to build a splash pond, a couple of pavilions and a large playground.

The park is projected to cost around $2.7 million to develop, Highland Parks and Recreation Director Mark Rosen said.

The city will be using grants and donations to help offset the cost.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, the city is planning to dedicate new route during a ceremony held at the park. The city is expecting around 800 hundred people will attend the ceremony, which will also recognize more than 20 Highland soldiers who were killed while in the line of duty.

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