13th Street is open - at least for a while.
The contractor for the project has finished earlier than anticipated. Although the street is open to traffic, it will only remain that way until Monday, when construction crews will begin replacing the water main, said Bruce Campbell, assistant county engineer.
Crews are ready to begin installing the box culvert on Summit Street, said Adam Daters, project manager for the culvert installation. Summit Street will remain closed for the duration of the installation, which should take between six and eight weeks.
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Several cars cruise down 13th Street Tuesday afternoon. The street opened Tuesday morning and will remain open until crews begin water main work Monday.
Meanwhile, drivers will have limited access to 13th Street - meaning the road will not be a through street - for at least a week while construction crews replace the water main, Campbell said.
"We are trying to get as much work done as fast as we can," he said. "We know businesses are suffering."
Crews will also do curb and gutter work and mill and overlay the street along 13th Street just past Fremont Street while they replace the main, he said.
In an attempt to minimize the construction area, crews on 13th Street will backfill the trench they dig as they progress to the south.
He anticipated the crews will complete the work within two weeks even through the completion date for the tie removal is Oct. 29. The completion date for the culvert installation is Nov. 3.
Access to businesses and temporary parking will be available to the fullest extent possible.