With these factors in mind, officials in charge of the project have come up with some alternatives to keep the project on track.
“I’m really pleased to come up with the ‘plan B’ — and, if needed at our next meeting, we’ll come up with a ‘plan C’ to keep this project moving forward,” said Julie Beaton, the city’s special project manager.
Beaton said the team came up with a way to keep the project moving forward by starting work that wasn’t temperature-dependent in zone 13 (between Jumpin’ Java and Fifth Third Bank) ahead of schedule. The front half of sidewalk behind the curb in zone 13 was removed so electrical contractors could keep moving. It won’t effect the scheduled end date if concrete pours need to be delayed.
Officials are planning on re-evaluating the project schedule on Thursday — looking at weather forecasts to determine the best way to keep it moving.
“The last thing I want to do is work on both sides of the street at the same time,” Beaton said.
According to Beaton, the original plan was for crews to work on one zone, get it finished — then move on to the next zone.
While crews continue to work on the sidewalk area of the third block, the project is beginning to come together in the first and second blocks of Washington Avenue.
Crews are currently planting trees downtown, and new benches and trash containers have been placed.
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“It’s great to see the trees arriving in downtown, as they signal that the streetscape work will be wrapped up soon so that the community can enjoy the improvements,” Main Street Downtown Development Authority Director Dana Kollewehr said. “The new trees will compliment the urban environment and provide an interesting tree canopy as they mature.”
On Monday, crews took down the old stoplight at the intersection of Washington and Harbor Drive, and activated the new one.
Beaton said they want to have all of the sidewalk and streetscape work completed before crews come in and place the final layer of asphalt on Washington. The anticipated completion date for this work is by Memorial Day.
“We want to have the heavy equipment off of Washington before we put on that top course of asphalt,” Beaton said.