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This is the first phase of a major revitalization effort in the Historic Downtown. Over eight thousand feet (8,000’) of water main and three hundred feet (300’) of sanitary sewer main are being installed to replace the aging infrastructure located in our Central Business District. The goal is to provide better service and fire protection, while at the same time preparing the Downtown for future revitalization.
Phase I of the project will consist of replacing the existing water and sewer infrastructure. The project started August 17th and is set to be completed by early February 2021.
Crews will typically not be working during weekends, or downtown special events. Some night work will be required to mitigate negative impacts and avoid prolonged disruption of service. Any weekend work or night work will be communicated to the public in advance.
Your utility service will only be affected when switching over to the new infrastructure. All new utility services will be performed in coordination with owners and residents to avoid service interruptions. Some of this work may need to take place after hours to accomplish.
City Staff has been working with the contractor in an effort to minimize the negative impacts that does occur during the construction project. Progress comes with a price, and sometimes that price does cause some headaches. However, we have a contract that limits the amount of parking spaces that will be obstructed during construction. We structured this contact in this manner because we understand the importance of maintaining available parking. Additionally, we will be working closely with the Historic River District, local business owners and community stakeholders to ensure that as construction moves forward we mitigate any unnecessary parking issues.
Once the water and sanitary sewer improvements are completed, the City will begin working on major roadway and pedestrian improvements. Final plans for Phase II will go out to bid in April of 2021.