Stretch of Madison Avenue Downtown To Open By Fall

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Part of Madison has been closed since the roof on this structure collapsed after heavy rains.
  • Part of Madison has been closed since the roof on this structure collapsed after heavy rains.

The stretch of Madison Avenue closed off last March after the partial collapse of a historic building at 118 Madison is set to re-open to two-way traffic by early fall, Mayor A C Wharton announced today.

A city contractor was issued a notice to proceed today to stabilize the shared wall between 118 Madison and 119 S. Court. Wall repairs are expected to be complete by the end of July, and demolition of the Madison structure should occur soon after. Earlier demolition efforts were halted because of the possibility of damaging the shared wall.

“This situation began with the laws of gravity and has continued under the laws of men,” said Mayor A C Wharton. “We are happy today to say that we have a timeline in place for shoring up the wall, and it’s one that we hope will satisfy the property owners, the affected business interests, tourists, and local residents and motorists. We are ready for Madison Avenue to be an avenue again.”

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