Reconstruction on Grand Avenue to be completed during the first week of October
One Mt. Pleasant construction project is in the home stretch, while another is just getting a good start.
Warner Engineering Associates, Inc., said weather permitting the Grand Avenue reconstruction project should be completed during the first week of October.
Meanwhile downtown, Mike Nelson Concrete Paving plans to begin setting up Sept. 25 for the paving of Main, Monroe and Jefferson streets, the streets bordering Central Park on the east, north and west.
The Grand-Winfield avenues intersection opened for traffic this morning. Consequently, Grand has been closed from Winfield to James Avenue.
Detour signs have been placed on Winfield directing traffic north on James. Signs are also on North Grand (north of James), directing traffic right on to James. A stop sign for southbound traffic has been added to keep traffic alternating west onto James.
Warner officials note this is a narrow intersection and all semi traffic is urged to use Exit 42 for entering or exiting Mt. Pleasant.
Nelson is paving the outside lanes today on Grand north of Winfield and south of James.
DeLong Construction will finish removing concrete to the north end of the return on James and grade out and place engineering fabric and sub-base rock this week. Nelson will be paving the center mainline of North Grand on either Sept. 24 or Sept. 25. This will be the last pour for Grand.
Sub-base rock is being placed on the three aforementioned streets around the square.
Mt. Pleasant Municipal Utilities (MPMU) is installing new water and electric lines in Central Park. The water department also has begun water improvements. Mt Pleasant Utilities will be working the square for the next three to four weeks.
Kinney & Sons Excavating is installing a storm manhole in the north lane of Monroe Street (just west of Main) today. That will necessitate the closing of Monroe to traffic until tomorrow (Tues.) morning.
Warner also noted MPMU will be working in the same section on water main improvements. MPMU plans to do a considerable portion of its work at night to refrain from disrupting water service to businesses on the north side of the square.
The engineering firm reminded residents that the city square is now a construction zone and pedestrians should not be walking inside the coned-off area. MPMU is trenching many lines in and has cables laying across the surface, waiting to be installed. Residents are asked to walk only on the sidewalks around the outside of the square, or on the sidewalk on the extreme south side of the square. Anyone entering the constrution zone will be doing so at their own risk.