Kirkwood closures won’t include half block in front of CVS pandemic vaccination clinic

Starting Thursday next week, Kirkwood Avenue’s yellow bollards will reappear, blocking off isolated segments of the east-west downtown Bloomington street.

That’s the result of action taken at the regular Tuesday meeting of the three-member Bloomington board of public works.

Like similar decisions made last summer and fall, the Kirkwood closures are meant to help retailers and restaurants expand their customer reach, while COVID-19 pandemic restrictions limit their indoor capacity.

The street closures authorized by the board of public works go through June 30, 2021. In December last year, Bloomington’s city council extended to August 6, 2021 the term of an ordinance allowing for the waiver of the relevant parts of city code.

The Kirkwood closures will persist through the week, not just on weekends. Affected will be the block between Grant and Dunn streets, as well as the block between Walnut and Washington streets.

But the half-block between Washington and the alley behind the Book Corner will stay open to automobile traffic, Michael Large, operations manager for public works, told the board on Tuesday.

That will allow the same current access to the CVS at the corner of Kirkwood and Washington, which is operating a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Continue reading “Kirkwood closures won’t include half block in front of CVS pandemic vaccination clinic”

Two separate blocks on Kirkwood Avenue to be closed through week until end of year, weekends-only for one block

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Still in place on Monday afternoon were the yellow bollards that public works crews installed before the weekend, to close off parts of Kirkwood Avenue in downtown Bloomington.

That’s not due to any slacking by Bloomington public works. They have been setting up and removing the Kirkwood bollards every weekend since mid-June.

But from now until the end of the year, there will be no need to remove the bollards for some parts of the street.

According to a press release from the city of Bloomington issued Friday afternoon, from now until the end of the year,  two one-block segments will be closed through the week, and one additional segment will be closed just on weekends.

The closures, which started just on weekends in mid-June, are meant to allow restaurants to seat more people outside, distanced from each other, in an atmosphere where patrons might feel safer from the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic virus. Continue reading “Two separate blocks on Kirkwood Avenue to be closed through week until end of year, weekends-only for one block”