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July 6, 2015 Update

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 8:19 AM by Saja Aures

Initial required undercutting and backfill earthwork on the south side of President Street has been completed.  Crews have been installing pipe slope drains this week that will allow for continued drainage of stormwater away from the current President St. roadway.  This is important since additional fill material will continue to be placed and stacked along the south side of President Street to obtain the new roadway elevation and provide surcharge for settlement consolidation.  These crews have also removed the concrete median at the old President Street and General McIntosh intersection and placed roadway subgrade and stone base material on the north side of President Street to accommodate the upcoming traffic shift.  It is currently proposed for this traffic shift to take place during the second half of July based on paving resources availability.  This traffic shift involves the removal of the left turn lane from east bound President Street onto the Truman Parkway (south bound).  A detour to Truman Parkway (south bound) from downtown will be via Wheaton Street to Bee Road.  This closure and detour will remain for the majority of the project duration, but will allow for maintaining four lanes of traffic (two in each direction) for President Street east and west bound thru traffic.

Utility line installations along Randolph Street (water, sewer, and storm drain) continue, as well as installation of the new 24” water main along the east side of General McIntosh Boulevard.  Once new water main utility lines are installed and connections to existing lines are made on the east side of General McIntosh, crews will be able to begin undercutting and backfill earthwork operations necessary along the new General McIntosh Boulevard corridor and location of the new President Street and General McIntosh Boulevard intersection.

A forth crew continues working on the installation of jack and bore steel casings underneath the railroad tracks, just south of President Street and west of Truman Parkway.  This week and the next, they will be getting set up to begin the bores under the CSX railroad, existing Bilbo storm drain box culvert, and future Bilbo Canal.

A fifth crew will begin work soon on the future Bilbo Canal and bridge construction.  Construction will initially begin on a section of the canal located south of President Street.  Materials are arriving on-site, and a crane used for installation will be arriving onsite next week.