Mill between College Street and Purnell Street will be reduced from a four-lane road to a two-lane road with a continuous turn lane in the middle as well as bike lanes and street parking. Bike lanes, sidewalks and parallel street parking will be added to Main between Mill and Railroad Street.
The project also includes improvements on Charles at the Main intersection and at the Church Street intersection to address ADA compliance and aesthetic improvements.
It is expected that the contractor would begin construction the first week in December. However, staff intends to hold a public meeting with the contractor present to discuss the construction process and sequence with affected property and business owners. With scheduling a public meeting prior to construction, the beginning of construction will be the first week of 2019, which will avoid construction during the holiday season, according to city officials.
The plans and specifications are designed and written such that the contractor will need to substantially complete Main before moving to Mill so that both streets are not under construction at the same time. Estimated start of construction for Main is the first week in January 2019 with substantial completion by September 2019. Mill Street construction is estimated to start around September or October 2019 and be substantially complete by August 2020.
This schedule will allow the contractor to clean up the construction site and pull off the job temporarily during Western Days. Regardless of where the contractor is working in 2019 during Western Week, they will be directed to clean up the site and pull off during the event. The Charles intersections can be reconstructed while Main or Mill is also under construction; however, it will need to be open for Western Days, Homecoming Parade and the Holiday Stroll.