“It is a very challenging project,” Beaton said. “This project is going to have wind and sand and cold temperatures — and, not unlike Washington (Avenue), very tight deadlines.”
The city recently redid the utilities and streetscape on Washington, from Harbor to Third Street, over a nearly two-year period.
According to plans provided by the construction company, Beaton said the entire project will be done in one phase so they can keep two crews running at once. They will have to maintain localized access to businesses and residents, and provide an emergency vehicle route.
Beaton said there will also be a temporary access drive constructed near the City Beach so traffic will be able to take Grand Avenue to the waterfront. She said the city will be responsible for removing snow from the drive, and the state will be responsible for removing sand.
In addition to work beneath the street, there will be improvements for pedestrian access in the area.
“The plan is, on the east side of Harbor, to widen the sidewalk to 7 feet,” Beaton said.
Original plans called for a 10-foot widening of the sidewalk, but this would have had an impact on many trees along the road, Beaton said.
There will also be a new crosswalk installed near the area between area condominiums and Butch’s Beach Burritos. People currently walk across the street at-will,
Beaton said, in an effort to get to areas such as the state park or trolley.
“We want to provide a highly visible crossing area where people have the tendency to cross,” she said.
While the construction work is scheduled to begin Sept. 6, Beaton said everyone involved with it has done a good job of getting permits together and preparing for it.
“This is one of the best prepared projects going in,” Beaton said.
According to Beaton, the substantial completion date for the project is by Memorial Day 2012. This means construction crews will be required to have the road paved, sidewalks in place and everything in working order by that date.
“Substantial completion before Memorial Day means we’re ready for residents and guests to get where they want to go,” she said.