North 56th Street between "O" and "R" streets will remain closed to traffic for another 10 to14 days for asbestos removal. Alltel has discovered asbestos in the ducts of the communication cables it is currently lowering under North 56th Street and must follow federal guidelines for removing it. North 56th Street was closed to through traffic between "O" and "R" streets on Friday, March 22 so that Alltel could move its underground cables. It was scheduled to reopen by Tuesday, March 26 before Alltel found the asbestos. Alltel expects to remove the asbestos by the first week in April, but company representatives caution that additional time could be needed. North 56th Street will be re-opened to through traffic as soon as the removal is finished. Motorists have access to local residences and businesses in the affected area, and drivers should watch for signs guiding them to businesses. Access from "O" Street to South 56th is still open. Drivers will continue to be routed away from the 56th and "O" intersection by electronic message boards. Motorists traveling south on 56th north of "O" will be directed to "R" Street, then east onto Cotner Boulevard to travel south to the intersection of 56th, Cotner, and Randolph Street. Motorists traveling north on 56th will be able to turn left and right onto "O" Street but they will not be allowed to then turn left from "O" Street onto North Cotner Boulevard. Northbound motorists on 56th Street are encouraged to turn onto Cotner Boulevard at the intersection of 56th, Cotner, and Randolph in order to travel north of "O" Street. When access to 56th Street is re-opened, access to Cotner Boulevard north of "O" Street will close until approximately July 1. The latest information on the re-opening of 56th Street and on the entire construction project can be found on the 24-hour East "O" Street Information Line, 441-0432, and on East 'O' Street Update.
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