We did it! We made it through the paving week and the roads from First Street north are all smooth and lovely to drive on. Bear with those sticky stomps as we wait out the asphalt curing period- striping is set to begin July 9th. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying the wide lane capacity, the easy access in and out of Rosenberg’s (also- have you seen their new covered outdoor lumber area???), and the efficient traffic flow in and out of downtown.
As far as focus falling to the side of the road- busy bucket tractors are a common sight both north of the bridge and in the downtown area as grading and sidewalk prep continue along the western edge of the road. The vault in front of the Dutch Mill was filled last week, but survey results showed that the concrete failed to meet strength tests, and it is being redone this week to assure that it meets all standards. While this work is underway, access to the Chamber office is again through the rear entrance, and a quick reminder that both Dutch Mill and Kitty’s also offer access from the rear parking lot, which is especially convenient given the ample parking lots off of Ivy.
Amidst the vault work and grading, curb and gutter and sidewalk forming and pouring are also progressing throughout the project area- on the blocks between First and Third, on the corner of First and Laurel, and (early next week) in the gore point area.
Next week, of course, we celebrate Fourth of July right in the middle of the week. In deference to the anticipated influx of visitors, contractors will be offsite for the latter half of the week.
Hope you all are settling in to your summer routine. The June Dairy Parade was a rousing success last weekend, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and participation for one of the oldest and largest parades in the state. Enjoy the celebrations that this week will bring, and please be safe