Weather, scheduling delays Main Street project
June 6, 2011 at 1:06 a.m.
The final phase of a Main Street paving project was delayed because of weather conditions and scheduling difficulties, a city official said.
The project between Commercial and Juan Linn streets was expected to be completed by May 26. As of Monday morning, however, the edges of that section of Main Street were covered by small rocks on top of black, sticky goo.
Darrel Seibert, public works engineer for the city, said the street's edges are covered with asphalt and coated rock. He said that workers hope to put down the final asphalt on Monday and Tuesday nights.
The asphalt and coated rock shouldn't affect the vehicles of people who park on top of it, Seibert said.
He said because of windy weather conditions, workers couldn't install the asphalt and coated rock earlier. Otherwise, it could get picked up by the wind and land on the sidewalk and windows.
"It could just be a big mess," Seibert said.
He added that scheduling with the subcontractors also played a role in the project's delay. Seibert said the contractor has until Nov. 19 to finish the project.
After laying the final paving, workers must paint stripes on the street, do some minor clean up and raise the manhole covers to the level of the new pavement.
Seibert said that the contractor hopes to have that part of the project finished by the end of July.