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"The contractor has to lay a water main across the intersection and connect to an existing main within the intersection," Brian Schmidt, of Kruse, Cate and Nelson, said. "That operation usually takes four to five days before that connection can be made, because the new water main has to pass pressure and bacteria tests before it can be connected to the system. ... There is also a storm sewer lateral and two storm water intakes that need to be replaced on the west side of the intersection."
The intersection is scheduled to be closed for 10 days. Schmidt said the hope is to complete underground work Monday or Tuesday, pour concrete street patches Tuesday or Wednesday and reopen the street by that weekend.
In addition to the intersection, Fourth Avenue West to West Fifth Street is also closed. Schmidt estimates underground work on Fourth Avenue West will take about two weeks. Construction will continue to move north to West Seventh Street.
The project is slated to be completed this construction season.
"With this sort of reconstruction project, there are always some unknowns we could encounter and we'll have to work with those the best we can," Schmidt said.
In the meantime, truck traffic is directed to take 11th Avenue West and West 11th Street. Other traffic can follow detour signs.
"We just want to encourage people to pay attention to the construction signs and avoid going down roads that are closed," Schmidt said.