Posted 7/12/16 (Tue)
By Carrie Sandstrom
Access to Crosby’s downtown business blocks could remain restricted for another week with heavy road construction continuing in Crosby’s downtown area, Mayo Construction Project Superintendent Bill Werven said at Thursday’s regular Citywide Street Reconstruction Progress Meeting.
Main Street will be open to traffic during the threshing bee, but more closures loom, as first curb, then sidewalks, are laid during the next couple of weeks.
This week, workers began pouring curbs along Main Street and in the downtown area.
Crews will take the Friday and weekend of the Threshing Bee off, in order to avoid getting in people’s way. Next week, workers plan to begin pouring sidewalk.
Overall, Werven said it could be around a week in between an area getting curb and an area getting sidewalk. Once sidewalk has been poured, it will be blocked off for approximately 24 hours while the cement hardens.
If business owners need help keeping their front doors accessible in between curbs going in and sidewalks being laid, Werven said construction crews would be happy to pour some gravel, if people ask. Mayo Project Manager Ryan Rostad said thus far no one has approached him asking for help with accessibility issues.
While work is being done pouring curb and sidewalk, the streets they line will be blocked off to give the trucks and crews the room they need to work. Werven said work on Main Street will be done in segments to try to minimize impact.
Werven said tape placed in front of some building fronts is intended to prevent people from stepping out into areas where material has been torn out, although he said if people really want to use those entrances, they can’t stop them.
Once work pouring curb and sidewalk is complete, crews will continue working around town to prep roads for paving, which should happen sometime in August, although an exact date that paving will take place is not known due to the unpredictability of the machine’s availability, Werven said. He added that an August paving date is actually earlier than construction teams initially anticipated.
“Anyone who thought it was happening earlier had wrong information,” Werven said.
The next progress meeting will be July 21 at 2 p.m. in the Crosby Community Center.