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Posted on: August 12, 2019

Construction Updates - Week of August 8, 2019

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2018 Street Reconstruction Update

As many of you along Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, South Park, and Bush Streets are aware, the final layer of pavement has been constructed along those streets! This pretty much marks what we in the engineering business call "substantial completion," which means that all the work on those streets is complete apart from warranty work and fixing up miscellaneous things on those streets.

A few of the items on the fix-it list that have been brought up to us include:
- Spraying for weeds in the boulevards and behind the sidewalks and then adding additional grass seed;
- Replacing some faulty concrete curbs and sidewalks; and
- Addressing the areas where wires are sticking out of the ground (those wires are for locating the underground utilities later if we need to; they do not carry electric current and thus are not an imminent danger in case you touch them).

These items will likely be taken care of slowly over the next few weeks.

For those of you on McSorley Street, curb, driveway aprons, and sidewalk construction have been delayed until late next week. The concrete contractor was delayed with other projects and pushed this work back. You probably will not see much work happening on McSorley Street until then because much of the rest of the work on the project requires the curbs to be in place. Because of the delay to the curb construction, paving the first layer of pavement will also not occur until at least a week after the curb is constructed.

We are also working with the contractor to get the gravel patches on Seventh Street paved so that they don't keep washing out. That work is likely to occur within the next two weeks because the City (under a separate project) will be repaving Seventh Street about two weeks from now.

2019 Street Reconstruction Update

Although much later than hoped, the water and sanitary sewer mains are finished on Kingman Avenue. The water mains are now under testing for leaks and bacteria. When those tests pass, the contractor will begin on constructing water and sanitary sewer services along Sanford Street and Kingman Avenue. Until then, it is likely that work will be somewhat slow on the project site.

If all goes well, much of the next week will entail construction of the water and sanitary sewer services as well as some of the storm sewer on Sanford Street. The week after will include finishing up any remaining services and storm sewer and then beginning to grade the streets. Concrete curb and sidewalks are not likely for at least two weeks due to the work that needs to get done before the concrete crew shows up.

If everything goes as anticipated, we have about 40 days left of work before the project is substantially complete. Thanks to everyone for their patience with the project!


Maple Street Update

The contractor has removed the concrete for the pedestrian ramp replacement work on the north side of Maple Street. Grading work has been slowed down due to a utility line being hit while grading at Vera Avenue. Grading work will resume early next week with concrete work soon to follow.

As of right now, milling and paving work on Maple Street is scheduled for late in the week of August 19. The contractor will also be digging up the temporary patch in the road where there was a water main break last winter during that time, which will potentially require flagging operations or a lane shift for that work.

Seventh Street Update

The contractor has been working on removals, grading, and concrete placement on the south side of Seventh Street this week. The work along the south side of Seventh Street will continue for much of the next week. Work on the north side of Seventh Street will not occur until the blacktop pavement has been patched next to the south side curbs so that the south side sidewalk can be reopened, which will likely not occur for about a week and a half from now.

Milling and paving operations are currently scheduled for the end of the week of August 19.

West and East Avenues Update

Work will be starting on West Avenue on Monday. The pedestrian ramps on the west side of West Avenue (at the Third and Fourth Street intersections) will be closed for replacement beginning Monday until the concrete has been replaced.

Work will also be starting on the west side of East Avenue on Tuesday. The pedestrian ramps on the west side of East Avenue between Third Street and Fifth Street will be closed for replacement beginning Tuesday until the concrete has been replaced.

When the work on the west side of each street is finished, work will switch over to the east side of each street. Parking will be restricted along West Avenue beginning on Monday until the work switches over to the east side of the street. The left lane of East Avenue will also be closed starting Tuesday morning until work switches over to the east side of the street.

The initial phase of pedestrian ramp replacement (on the west side of both streets) is expected to take about a week and a half, and the work on the other side of the streets will likely take about the same amount of time.

We appreciate the cooperation and patience of neighbors, drivers, and pedestrians during this time of inconvenience. Motorists are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through all work zones. Thank you for your patience!

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