Posted 5/10/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
A major season of construction in Crosby began Monday with the start of a complete overhaul of Main Street.
Officials from various city entities attended a pre-construction meeting Tuesday last week with project heads from contractor Mayo Construction and engineering firm AE2S.
Trevor Christianson, the office manager for Mayo Construction, made explicit that the amount of work involved is nearly unheard of.
“This is a major undertaking, one of the biggest projects done in one shot in North Dakota,” Christianson said. “We’re going to try to minimize the inconveniences.”
Christianson said the gap between grinding the old pavement to pouring the new curbs for any particular block will be about three weeks. The concrete subcontractors will get started after Memorial Day.
“We’ll probably be doing two to three blocks at a time,” Christianson said. He also assured that no-parking and other traffic control signs will be posted.
Construction is beginning first on the south end of Main Street and heading toward the railroad tracks.
“Then we’ll probably flop around to the north side and work back toward the middle,” Christianson said.
Construction will start at 6:30 a.m. and go until 9 p.m. most days.
Project superintendent Bill Werven said crews will also work roughly every other weekend, aside from three-day weekends for holidays.
Of particular concern is the inevitable impact to the business district on the north end of Main Street.
Christianson said he is targeting a start date of the beginning of July for those few blocks.
“When the sidewalk comes out, we’ll get that poured as quickly as possible,” he said. “In the meantime, there will be some gravel to walk on.”
Community Developer KayCee Lindsey said most of the businesses can make back entrances available to customers during that time, although BNC Bank cannot.
Christianson said the abundance of alleys in that part of town could prove helpful as well for motorists.
Informing the public
Mayo and AE2S are also making efforts to keep in communication with affected Crosby residents throughout the project’s duration.
Weekly construction update meetings will generally be on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the community center and are open to the public.
In addition, a temporary construction office at the former New Century Ag C-store on 5th Avenue will allow anyone to stop in, take a look at construction maps and get other updates on the street work.
Mayo Construction will also meet in advance with residents whose driveways will be temporarily inaccessible.
Werven advised that residents near the construction site should refrain from running sprinklers or sump pumps anywhere near the streets that are under construction, as drainage will be poor.
Christianson said he would like to have all of the paving complete by the first day of school, Aug. 24, with a few more weeks needed afterward to finish pouring concrete.
“If everything goes well, hopefully we can be done by early September with everything,” Christianson said. “It’s what we’re shooting for.”