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Word On The Street - Project Update 7.1.20

Tomorrow's the big day! The Drahner intersection is re-opening! At the close of the day tomorrow the crews will pack it up around 3 PM, and there won't be any work going on over the 4th of July weekend.

The street removal is complete except for the sidewalks in the Historic Downtown No date has been provided as to when that work will begin. Special attention is being given to this area because of the Historic Buildings. To date there has only been one time MDOT has had to stop working because the vibration monitoring equipment triggered.

There will be a closure at the Burdick intersection in the coming weeks. July 18th & 19th are the projected days for the work, but it is possible that it would move forward a week to the 11th & 12th. No other side street closures are scheduled at this time.

The Sewer Crew has been working in the northbound reconstruction section laying new sewer mains and the Grading Crew has been following behind filling back in those areas. I was able to stop by the job site today to check out this process, and it was pretty cool. I was really impressed with how efficiently these crews worked. Within my 20 minute visit, they had dug out a section for the new pipe, placed the new section in the hole, sealed it up, and were backfilling and grading.

Here are some pictures of their work:

Special thanks to Christian, MDOT Intern from Tennessee State University for taking these pictures for me while I was onsite. This is Christian's second year interning with MDOT. He is majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Political Science.

That is all for this week's

Word On The Street.

If you have questions about the project, they can be submitted here.

As always, remember to please drive safely, abide traffic rules, keep workers safe, follow posted detour routes and refrain from using neighborhood side streets. Thank you for your continued patience.

We are all in this together. #OxfordStrong

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