The West Main Street upgrade project underway between 8th and 10th Streets is nearing completion and should wrap up within the next two weeks if conditions allow, said City Engineer John Garris.
There are a few tasks left to complete by the project sub-contractors, Garris said, including grinding the pavement, which is scheduled for Monday, July 18, and marking/striping the pavement, anticipated to be completed mid-week next week.
Because the project is funded in part by a Kansas Department of Transportation grant, Garris noted, it must meet certain state specifications and pass inspection before the street can be opened. Inspections are conducted at intervals throughout the project, and a “punch list” of final tasks will be established after the pavement grinding. Other usual factors also can affect the project finish, he cautioned, including weather and any challenges experienced by the sub-contractor. All things considered, Garris said, he expects the street to reopen by the end of the July or a little sooner.
“The contractor performance on this project with respect to schedule has been outstanding,” Garris said, noting the contract allows for a completion date as late as mid-August. “But we understand that any street project that creates extended access issues for businesses and customers can feel like an eternity. We certainly appreciate the patience of our community and especially our small businesses located in the construction zone.”