Construction to block Penniman Boulevard near Mercer

As Macon-Bibb County begins the Second Street Corridor Connector, Little Richard Penniman Boulevard will be temporarily closed.

Beginning Monday, the lower portion of the boulevard named for the famous entertainer will be closed between Plant and Telfair streets.

Detour signs will direct motorists bound for Interstate 75 to Eisenhower Parkway or Forsyth Street/Hardeman Avenue, according to a Macon-Bibb news release.

The initial phase is estimated to take between three and four months, with the whole project expected to be completed in about 18 months.

Construction crews will be adding sidewalks, bicycle lanes, enhanced lighting and landscaping, and upgraded storm sewers.

“This is the piece of the corridor that will bring the two different sides of our urban core together with a pedestrian and bike friendly connection,” Mayor Robert Reichert said in the release.

Local leaders will gather Friday at 10 a.m. to launch the project on Mercer University’s intramural field near Nussbaum Avenue.

“The Second Street Corridor project that voters approved is not only emblematic of the renaissance that is occurring, it is a harbinger of the growth and renewal that assuredly will follow in its path,” Macon-Bibb Commissioner Larry Schlesinger stated in the release.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.