Posted 8/16/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The street paving that has taken place over the past week mostly comprises the first of two or three “lifts” that each block will ultimately receive, Mayo Construction Project Manager Ryan Rostad said.
“That will cover all the dirt and everything, so the roads will be pretty much sealed in,” Rostad said of the first lift. “You’re not going to have all of the dust and potholes like we’ve been fighting lately.”
Each lift adds a layer of asphalt about two inches thick, Rostad said. Most streets will receive three lifts, aside from a handful of residential streets with only light traffic, which will each get two lifts.
The Main Street business district received both its first and second lifts on Saturday. Rostad said many other blocks cannot yet get their second lift until the adjacent cement work is complete.
Rostad advised that the water treatment plant will be inaccessible Thursday during construction hours in order to pave the streets around it.
“You’re not going to be able to get in there at all during the day,” Rostad said. “Some people might get upset at us, but it’s got to be done.”
Otherwise, Rostad said the schedule of which blocks will be paved on any particular day is very fluid.
“It’s going to be kind of sporadic where we go, because sometimes once we start we see a better way to do things,” he said. “Bear with us; even if where we’re going doesn’t make much sense, we’re doing it because it’s faster that way, and we want to try to get this done as fast as possible.”
Rostad said traffic-control issues have been minimal so far, but he stressed that it is especially crucial for motorists to stay entirely off of closed roads during the final application of asphalt.
“If you drive on the finish, it’s going to be a mess,” Rostad said. “On the second lift, we can cover it up; on the last layer, it would ruin it and leave divots. We don’t want any of those.”
A progress meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Community Center.