Road work proceedsStreets are expected to be open sometime Tuesday
A few road construction projects around the Washington Middle School and Washington High School will be done just in time for the first day of school on Wednesday.
According to Washington’s engineering tech Keith Henkel, East Madison Street between Second, Third, and Fourth streets should be open by tomorrow.
“This afternoon we’re going to have crews over there re-striping the lanes and painting some of the parking stalls,” Henkel said.
Workers from LL Pelling began the roadwork at the beginning of August, Henkel said. Three inches of asphalt was removed. Then three new layers of asphalt were laid down.
The crew had just gotten done laying the asphalt on Friday when something happened early Saturday morning.
“We had a water main break between Second and Third Avenue at 1 a.m. Saturday morning,” Henkel said.
A city crew worked over the weekend to repair the water main, and to temporarily fix the street.
“There is gravel over the hole and when LL Pelling comes back into town next month they’ll repair it,” Henkel said.
Another project that has just finished up is the work on the water main on B Avenue by the high school, he said.
“We’re doing the final pressure test on the water main this week,” he said. “After this, all there will be left to do is some sidewalks and driveway work.”
The work on West Tyler Street is just beginning. Henkel said the project took longer to design because of the amount of work that will be done.
“We will have pretty substantial earthwork done there,” Henkel said. “We’re building a retention basin to help with water runoff. The retention basin will release the water a lot slower.”
After the retention basin is finished, concrete will be laid from C Avenue to E Avenue, he said. It will take about a month for DeLong Construction to finish up the project.
Throughout the road construction process the city has kept in contact with the school district, Henkel said.
“They’ve been great,” he said. “They’ve been very cooperative with us.”
Washington Community School District superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen said roadwork was happening on West Tyler Street last year, which lasted about a month. He said the students and staff would have to adapt to the congested traffic going in and out from the high school, as they did last year.