Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2006

Delivery problem pushes completion of Main Street bridge back to 2007

August 31, 2006

With just under 12 weeks until the Nov. 22 deadline for contractors to reopen all four lanes of Main Street for winter, the projections for the outcome of this season's work are solidifying.

Construction remains ahead of schedule in several areas, but workers will not be able to complete work on Seven-Mile Creek Bridge early, as contractors had previously hoped, said John Young, director of the Lansing Public Works Department.

Original planning did not project completion of the bridge this season, but the work was ahead of schedule until delays in girder delivery pushed the projection back to its 2007 target, he said.

Young said workers should begin pouring concrete for the bridge deck "within a few days."

In other areas of interest:

¢ The reverse frontage road from West Mary Street to West Kansas Street was complete, Young said, but work to reconnect West Kansas to Main Street was not yet finished.

Seeding of the construction area should also begin within a few days.

¢South of Seven-Mile Creek Bridge, road work is ahead of schedule. Contractors are expected to shift traffic to southbound lanes in about two weeks, to continue installation of curbs and storm sewers. Young made special note that the progress was a good sign for on-time or early completion.

"All this work that is going on with these storm sewers and the curbs" is ahead of schedule, said Young, adding, "That puts us that much farther ahead."

"It's going to be good for all of us."

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