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Word On The Street - Project Update 8.19.20

Burdick is open, and the crews continue to work diligently on getting the newly paved section south of Burdick ready for the traffic shift that will go into effect next week. (8/27)

In the work zone south of Burdick down to Drahner, there are quite a few things going on - Light pole foundations are being installed along with the electrical conduit. The irrigation for the trees is also currently going in. Restorative work is also underway for driveways and other miscellaneous wrap ups in this section.

North of Burdick the curb work is getting place, stone and final grade, and then pavement!!!

We are getting new curbs, but did you know that part of this project also includes some curb appeal? New trees will be added, and to ensure they are able to thrive they will be using some engineered dirt. This is what that dirt looks like. I'm no soil or materials expert, but I like to garden so close to expert right? The consistency of this dirt (more clumpy than grainy) seems like it won't get so tightly compacted over time and heave the sidewalks. Great job Design & Engineering teams thinking through even the smallest details.

We are all getting excited to see the final product, but we still have a little ways to go.

We're including a condensed version of what to expect in the coming months with the construction project. This schedule shows the major work activities for each stage of construction in both the rehab and reconstruct portion of the project. This schedule incorporates actual construction dates through the end of June. The rest of the dates are projected dates.

Please understand that this schedule is intended to give a simple breakdown of what is happening and when, however dates and duration are subject to change at any time due to weather, utility conflicts, or other reasons. MDOT and the Contractor will do their best to stay on schedule, but in no way is this schedule a guarantee of when stage changes or completion dates will occur so please be mindful of this.

For Downtown Oxford streetscape items – you’ll notice a handful of activities listed like light poles and irrigation. The goal for streetscape items is to get anything underground installed, or anything with a foundation installed this year. Per the contract, above ground streetscape items and landscaping is allowed to take place in spring of 2021, and the contractor is planning to have these items completed by early May of next year, however their schedule does not detail which items and when.

In case you'd like to print a copy for your fridge, here is a PDF version you can download.

Projected Schedule
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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.


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