Work progresses on schedule
It's been a long process, but headway is beginning to show in the $15.3 million Main Street construction project.
Ken Miller, the city's Main Street project liaison, said that most recently, crews have finished work on the median along Seven-Mile Creek Bridge at the intersection of Main and Ida streets.
After the median's brickwork was finished faster than expected, he said crews started curb work and building retaining walls along the west side of Main Street from Highland Road south to Ida Street.
So far all of the work is on schedule, and Miller said crews should begin laying asphalt along the southbound Main Street lanes from Connie Street south to Ida Street by the middle of September.
With that date in mind, Miller said he was confident that all lanes of traffic would be opened by the week of Thanksgiving in November. This is, of course, weather permitting, he added.
He said a lot of credit was due to Leavenworth Excavating and Equipment Co. (Lexeco), the lead contractor on the project, and its subcontractors for continuing to work hard throughout the extreme heat that was present for several weeks in August.
For now, Miller said crews will continue work until November hoping that rain doesn't slow progress too much. The entire project will not be finished until April 2008, however.
Because seeding and sod can only be put down in the spring, Miller said crews would have to wait out the winter months before the project could really be considered completed.