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Sewer rehab begins on Second Street

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 By Greg Lang

CRA Director

Work on the utilities improvement phase has been progressing

well. Because of the efficient and skilled crews of

the contractor, dry weather and assistance from James

McCain and his quality men the utility work is ahead of

schedule and on budget.

Because the CRA funded work is ahead of schedule and

because the Small Communities Development Block Grant

funded work has not yet been given the final OK to proceed,

the contractor will be beginning sewer work on Second

Street. The sewer laterals will be replaced between the main

and the curb.

Sewer rehabilitation has started on the east end of Second

Street and will be progressing west over the coming weeks.

To provide the very least disruption to businesses the contractor

will only close the street or divert traffic on a small

portion of the street at a time. The sidewalks will also remain

open.

In addition the contractor has agreed to patch the street

cuts on Second Street with asphalt to help ensure that the

street is intact for events and traffic until the rebuilding and

repaving starts. The rebuilding and repaving of the Second

Street is scheduled to begin after the Spring Arts Festival.

Road reconstruction and paving will also begin after

Thanksgiving. The work will begin in the downtown residential

area. This work will be very disruptive. Traffic will

be detoured in the construction areas. The work will often be

loud and dusty while the old asphalt is removed and the road

base reconstructed. Crews will be working Monday through

Friday often from dawn to dusk.