Archive for Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Construction work moving forward in two areas of city

October 28, 2009

The temperature outside is starting to fall, but construction work in Tonganoxie continues to heat up as crews continue working on two Kansas Department of Transportation projects in the city.

At U.S. Highway 24-40 and Main Street, the crews of Oskaloosa-based King’s Construction Co. continue improving the intersection.

“Yes, construction is going really good right now,” said Jason Hoskinson, with BG Consultants, the city’s engineering firm. “There have been some weather delays this past month, but overall, things are moving right along.”

Hoskins said that King’s Construction has finished the major work on the south side of the intersection and is focusing on the north side.

He said on the north side the contractor had installed the storm sewers, placed all of the fill material and installed and graded the aggregate base for the pavement.

He said the first layer of asphalt was scheduled for Monday with work on curb and gutters to start Tuesday.

“After the concrete has cured, they will place the remaining lifts of asphalt and pavement markings on the north leg of the intersection,” Hoskins said. “That will probably occur the first week of November.”

He expects the signaling equipment for the intersection to arrive in the next two weeks and to be installed and running by the middle of November.

“Based on where construction currently stands and with the items that still need to be constructed, I would anticipate major items of work to be complete by mid-November, weather pending of course,” he said.

Throughout the city, King’s Construction is also continuing its work on the safety improvements to the city as part of the Safe Routes to School grant from KDOT.

Chris King, of King’s Construction, said all of the speed humps have been installed on Fourth Street, Second Street and Washington Street and now his crews are working on building sidewalks.

He said concrete on sidewalks on Second Street had already begun Tuesday.

As part of the project, sidewalks will be installed on Second, Third and Washington streets as well as other improvements on Fourth Street.

Weather permitting, he said he hopes to be finished with the project within the 45-day contract for the work.

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