Summer of construction near an end
To many, Labor Day symbolizes the beginning of fall. To residents on Walnut Street, though, Labor Day will definitely bring the end of a long, dusty and inconvenient summer.
The Walnut Street reconstruction project that started last spring is right on schedule, and will likely be done on time - by Labor Day. According to city of Farmington engineer Kevin Schorzman, the reconstruction is in its final phases, with curb and gutter work already being done in some sections. Paving of the road is happening this week, along with the pouring of driveways and sidewalks.
The project included installation of new water main, sanitary sewer and storm sewer, as well as a new street with new curb and gutter to cover the new infrastructure. It was bid at $1.9 million, and the final costs should be close to those estimates. There was only one change order on the project. Considering that portions of the infrastructure that was removed dated back 80 years or more, Schorzman said the project has gone very smoothly.
"We were fortunate we didn't find any buried fuel tanks for anything like that," Schorzman said. "This one was pretty uneventful."
The only thing that really could have hampered the project's progress was the amount of rain received this year. But Schorzman said even that didn't slow down the work.
"The contractor has done a very good job of keeping up with a pretty rainy season up to this point," he said.
Once the sidewalks and driveways are in, crews will fill in the boulevard between the sidewalks and gutters with grass and trees. Many trees were removed to allow construction crews access to the underlying infrastructure, upsetting a number of residents along the street. Schorzman does not have an estimate on how many trees will be replaced at this time. That will be determined once the rest of the boulevard work is complete, he said.