Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Improvements

The majority of projects have wrapped up for the construction season. 10th and 11th Street have been paved and the boulevards have temporary stabilization. The contractor will be back in the spring to sod the boulevards and install the last layer of asphalt pavement.

Cardinal Street has been completed including the addition of sidewalk from Prairie to TH 15 on the north side of the road. Residents in that area may have also noticed new sidewalk from the existing bike trail on Albion heading east to the new Whitetail Ridge Subdivision on south Prairie.

The Day Farm trail has been completed including a new layer of pavement from the parking lot south through the existing ravine. In addition, the old prairie dog exhibit parking lot has been paved. The old prairie dog exhibit is going to be converted to a butterfly and pollinator garden. The Fairmont Exchange Club will be leading that project.

Two of the 2017 projects anticipated for completion had several sub-grade issues during construction and unfortunately were not able to be completed this fall. Camelot Court was paved with the base course, but the final layer of asphalt will not be completed until Spring of 2018. Similarly, the public parking lot (Lot C) at the corner of Park and 3rd was not able to be completely paved due to weak sub-grade soils. This project will be completed in the Spring as well. Accommodations have been made to have the lot open for use through the winter months.

Margaret Street remains an active project and the contractor continues to install underground utilities. The street is still closed to through traffic but access is available from the east end off of TH 15. Next week grading will begin on the west portion of the project and installation of the majority of the underground utilities should get completed. Construction will continue as long as the weather holds out with the intent to get the entire road back to a gravel surface for the winter.