Sturgeon Bay city engineer Tony Depies has provided another progress report on the 4th Avenue reconstruction project downtown. Depies says:
-The bulk of curb & gutter has been installed.
-All of the sewer water & storm sewer work is completed on 4th Avenue.
-Street light bases & wiring is to be installed this week.
-Sidewalk installation should begin on Monday & take roughly eight working days to complete.
-Paving of the street should start around May 30th & be done in two phases, the center traffic lanes will be paved first & the parking lanes will be poured after because of bumpouts & grade changes.
Alley work has not gone nearly as well as the road work because of minimal clearance with buildings, power poles & gas mains.
-Backfill material is being compacted by injecting water to encourage the settlement of sandy soils. When settlement is completed it will be safe to install the gravel road base & asphalt paving.
-The installation of sewers has been curtailed for the next several days until settlement of the disturbed ground is complete & it is safe again to continue. -Wisconsin Public Service is also waiting to re-install a gas main. The contractor is trying to restore access to the parking areas until paving work, but it may take until next week before that happens because of settling soils.
-Paving of alley & parking lots should occur after the gas main has been installed. That may not happen for several weeks.
Depies says access across 4th Avenue on Louisiana & Kentucky Streets will continue to be limited because of utility structures in the intersection. He says a single lane of traffic will be restored when it is safe to do so.