In a 14-hour day, Strata Corporation, the company doing the DeMers Avenue road construction project, poured concrete in the center 33-foot section of road on Saturday, July 27, moving the project forward.
“Right now, it’ll have to sit this week; no driving on it. Next week, if all the tests come out fine, we’ll be able to drive on it,” said Joan Mangino, public relations coordinator for Strata.
Mangino noted that the project is taking shape and the next stage of construction should begin soon.
Currently, in Phase 1, the project has closed DeMers Avenue from North Sixth Street through North Fourth Street, with North Third Street open to traffic. Phase 2 of the project will see DeMers Avenue open to traffic, with North Third Street closed.
“We’re anxious to get that part of the road open, and then we’ll go into Phase 2,” said Mangino, who also noted that she can’t pin down a specific date because the project is dependent on the weather. Phase 2 is expected to begin in mid to late August.
While the concrete is curing, construction crews will be preparing the curb and gutter portion of the project.
Mangino has noted that there haven’t been many complaints so far, due to the construction.
“Strata has tried to reach out to each place (downtown business) a little bit, to get their feedback. Because we take it seriously,” she said.
Strata holds public meetings on the status of the construction every other Tuesday. The next scheduled meeting is 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Depot, 667 DeMers Ave., the field office for Strata.