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First Avenue construction on schedule

The Othello Outlook of Othello, Washington

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Construction on the First Avenue project is continuing on schedule, according to Othello City Administrator Wade Farris.

Demolition crews finished tearing out the damaged sections of sidewalk on the east side of the 1,000 foot section of street between Main and Spruce streets and, on Monday, began work on the west side.

With demolition complete, crews began preparing to pour concrete for the rehabilitated sections with crews arriving Wednesday to begin setting forms and pouring concrete.

Once the concrete is poured, the sidewalk can be re-opened to foot traffic within a day. However, the new driveway ramps will remain closed to vehicles for at least one week to allow them to cure properly.

By Friday, Public Works Director Terry Clements said demolition crews should be finished removing sections of sidewalk from the west side of the street. In addition to sidewalk removal, almost every telephone pole along the west side of the street is scheduled to be replaced.

By next week, crews should be placing forms and pouring concrete for the west side of the street.

Once the work on the sidewalk, curb and gutter is complete, the contractor will move on the next phase of the project, the grind and overlay of the street. During this time, the street will be closed to access with traffic being routed onto Broadway and Second avenues.

Clements said they are trying to get the project completed within 35 days of work, with substantial completion of the project at 30 days.

"We're on schedule, there are just a few modifications," he said.

Added to the project are concrete pads in alleys to prevent gravel from being pulled into the street. These additions are going to be funded through the solid waste department.

The timing on the $473,808 project depends upon the weather. In order for crews to lay asphalt, the temperature must be 45 degrees and rising. If everything remains on schedule, the project is expected to be completed by Nov. 20.

The project is primarily funded through a grant from the Transportation Improvement Board with the city matching a portion of about 33 percent of the total project.

The contract was awarded to Award Construction Inc., of Ferndale, who was the lowest bidder of the three contractors who competed for the project.

Hours for construction are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2015

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