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Dirt work will occupy six men for first weeks of courthouse work

Posted 5/10/16 (Tue)

Dirt work will occupy six men for first weeks of courthouse work

By Cecile Wehrman
Only a handful of men will be onsite until later this month, when the crew could swell to up to 18 people, according to the project manager for the Divide County Courthouse addition.
“The first couple of weeks we’re just going to be excavating the hole for the foundation,” said Mike Ragsdale, Construction Engineers.
A track hoe and some loaders will be on site. Already, a construction trailer and chain length fence have been set up on the northwest side of the courthouse grounds.
The fence will help keep any debris contained and assure no one is wandering into the construction zone.
“It’s just to keep the site secure and the public protected,” he said.
Less secure will be work that needs to occur on the streets west and east of the grounds. A new storm drain will be installed down the middle of the street on the west side and a sanitary drain on the east side.
That work will occur around the end of May and Ragsdale said adjacent property owners will be contacted with more information in advance.
Portable snow fencing will  warn the public of the hazard on either street, each side of which will take about a week to complete.
Ragsdale said he was pleased to learn that work on a major streets project in Crosby will not hamper the construction activities at the courthouse.
“Our work isn’t going to impact on their work and their work will not impact ours,” he said, with construction materials coming in by the farm to market road and Third Avenue Northeast. 
“We won’t have our construction traffic going through the town,” he said.
All in all, he said, the project “is starting out great, the people are great to work with.” 
At this point there do not appear to be any impediments to a smooth flow of progress, with precast walls arriving for erection in August.
“Come the end of August it will really begin to transform,” he said.