Construction on schedule, but business is down
By all appearances, the work on the Main Street Decorative Lighting and Sidewalk Enhancement Project is progressing nicely.
Curbs and gutters are going in, the roadway is pretty much smoothed out, and you can finally begin to see the project take shape.
But it’s not great for everyone (see Letters to the Editor for a businessman’s take and a reply from Mayor Earling.)
Businesses in the construction zone are feeling a crunch in customers.
Some business owners say they’re seeing a 30 to 40 percent drop in business. One restaurant has had to lay off the lunchtime staff during construction.
Residents are reminded again that all stores are open for business during construction. They need your help during this difficult time.
Expected completion date for the project is Nov. 19, providing the weather cooperates.
So far, many parts of the project are completed or underway.
Relocation of the PUD overhead electrical service from Main Street to alley has been completed, as is installation and connection of the new water main and water service to customers.
The installation of the stormwater infiltration trench is also finished.
Removal of PUD poles is partially completed, as is the installation of new stormwater pipe and catch basins. Installation of irrigation and electrical utilities to tree wells is underway, as is the placement of concrete curb and gutter on Main Street.
Within the next two weeks crews plan to:
- Prepare street sub-grade and place base material;
- Place first layer of asphalt pavement on Main Street west of 6th Avenue;
- Place mid-block crosswalk;
- Install foundations for lights and flower poles;
- Close intersection at Main and 6th;
- Remove asphalt and concrete pavement and sidewalk at the intersection of Main and 6th.
City staff has provided more signage to show access to businesses and provide notice that businesses are open during construction.
The city also placed a variable, changeable message sign on Main Street east of 6th Avenue to alert the public about business access and the project.