The project is quickly approaching completion and things should be back to normal very soon. We had a little bit of a slow-down in progress last week but made good advances this week. The following is summary of the progress and upcoming work:
- Crews are still working on some of the minor clean-up items and are slowly getting through the list.
- Some of the signage was installed this week. More will be installed within the next week or so.
Frazee Street Intersection:
- Crews have spent the last week and a half working on the various concrete pours for curb, pavement, and sidewalk. The remaining concrete sidewalk will be place today.
- The paving subcontractor (Anderson Brothers) is currently on site to construct the asphalt pavement on Frazee Street.
- Crews will work on cleaning the intersection in preparation for traffic this afternoon. We plan to open the east, west, and north legs of the intersection by late today. Local traffic will also be allowed south to Becker Pet and Garden. Note: Through traffic will not be allowed south of the intersection yet.
Section B (Frazee to Willow):
- The concrete subcontractor has been working on curb, sidewalk and driveways for the last week and a half.
- Most the sidewalk and driveways have been placed on the west side of the street. Some of the sidewalk is complete on the west side on the north end. Crews will continue to work on sidewalk and driveways over the next several days. All concrete work (sidewalks, driveways, and pavement will be completed by the middle part of next week.
- Please do not drive across any driveways or concrete will cones, barrels, or ribbon around them. They are not cured and will be damaged. Crews will pull the ribbon off driveways that can be driven when the concrete is cured enough for traffic.
- Local traffic will be allowed access from the north end of the street (by Becker Pet and Garden) starting later this afternoon. No access will be provided from the south at Willow Street until the project is completed. Again, this is for LOCAL traffic only. There is still active construction on the street and we need to keep traffic to a minimum for the safety of the construction crews and to protect improvements.
- The Landscaping subcontractor (HDQ) is onsite and starting to work on the boulevard irrigation system. They will begin placing topsoil, sod, and trees next week.
- City electric crews will begin installing street lighting later today or next week.
- The current goal is to open this portion of the street to traffic late next week or the early part of the following.
In another week or so all major work will be completed. I know everyone is anxious to have things back to normal and I appreciate your understanding during this work. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Enjoy the weekend!!
Jon Pratt, PE
Apex Engineering Group
1265 Highway 10 West – Suite 4
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501