After close collaboration, ODOT and our contractor, K & E Excavation, Inc. have decided to expedite the construction of the full width of highway from 31st to south of 35th Streets.
This is the last remaining segment of highway in the project that doesn’t include a middle left-turn lane. The lack of that lane during the summer travel season would likely result in heavy congestion through the work zone. Therefore, we decided to speed-up construction and get the turn lane constructed and paved by July 9th; have temporary striping applied by July 13th; and enjoy the permanent highway configuration a month ahead of schedule.
K & E, which has many projects underway across the state, will add staff on an overtime basis to accelerate the construction. What had been scheduled to be completed in mid-August will now be finished in July. We’re convinced this will help the flow of traffic for the remainder of the summer and improve access to homes and local businesses.
As we approach the final three months of construction, let’s take a moment and look back at what’s been accomplished since we began the project in April of last year.
· The sidewalks on the west side of the project are 99% complete.
· The historic Nelscott strip is complete (done in an amazing 48 hour period!).
· Two fish passage culverts were constructed on Baldy Creek
· The traffic signal and poles are up at 32nd Street. They won’t be activated for a while.
· The full width of the highway has been constructed from 31st Street, north and ready for top lift paving.
· We’ve completed six of the eight retaining walls.
We’ve already explained how the full width highway will be completed ahead of schedule. In addition to that, here’s what’s left to construct:
· The new 32nd Street will be built in August and will take about a month to complete.
· As part of the 32nd Street construction, the final two retaining walls will be built.
· In September, the final top lift paving will be done and the final striping will be applied.
· We will activate the 32nd Street signal in September, at the same time we apply striping.
· Also at the time of striping, we’ll complete the pedestrian crossings at 29th and 32nd Streets.
· After that, it’s mostly punch list items.
We want to take a moment and offer our sincere thanks to the community for the patience it has shown for the project. Construction is not easy to endure, especially when it’s on your Main Street, which also happens to be a major state highway. Thank you!
As always, if you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Best wishes for a safe and productive summer—
ODOT Public Information Officer