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July 9, 2015 Update

Posted on July 9, 2015 at 8:29 AM by Saja Aures

Over the past week, we have experienced consistent heavy afternoon thunderstorms with substantial rainfall.  This rain has caused wet conditions across the site and slowed progress in some cases.  The wetter conditions have temporarily slowed the placement of fill material along the south side of President Street.  If the fill material is too wet, it prevents the material from meeting optimal compaction requirements required on the project. 

Utility line installation has slowed slightly due to the wet conditions, but crews continue to finalize new utility lines along Randolph Street and the new 24” water main along the east side of General McIntosh. 

Although dealing with extremely wet conditions, a crew continues preparing for the installation of jack and bore steel casings underneath the railroad tracks, just south of President Street and west of Truman Parkway. 

The crane required for the start of the Bilbo Canal and bridge construction arrived on site this week.  Crews are currently working to erect the crane and begin construction on the future canal and bridge.

Additional preparations continue for the traffic shift along President Street and closure of the east bound traffic turn lane onto the Truman Parkway.  This traffic shift and turn lane closure onto south bound Truman Parkway is tentatively scheduled for two to three weeks from now.  As we get closer to the closure and can narrow down the closure date, motorist will be notified via message boards along the project, media outlets, and through this weekly blog posting.  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.