Contractor will be moving to East 12th this week or next
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
As the traffic builds around the Chase County fairgrounds in anticipation of the fair next week, city officials are aware that keeping the streets open is important.
With three of Imperial’s major streets being rebuilt this summer, and two of them flanking the fairgrounds, Public Works Supt. Pat Davison updated the city council on the street projects Monday night.
East 5th Street—The final walk-through on East 5th was set for either Wednesday or Thursday this week. All concrete is poured, and the entire street is open. Only shoulder work and seeding remains to be finished. East 5th St. access to the fairgrounds west of the Jaycee Hall is open.
East 9th Street—All of East 9th is poured with the exception of small portions of the east and west ends. Millings will be put down at those ends so they can be driven on. During fair week, the contractor will be pouring the off-street diagonal parking in front of the school, but two-way traffic will be maintained.
East 12th Street—At the end of this week or next, the contractor will start the storm sewer portion of the work on East 12th between Shorthorn and Park Sts. on the south side. However, two-way traffic will be maintained next week.
On Aug. 23, the day after the fair, the contractor plans to start milling East 12th St., Davison said. They plan to start at Shorthorn St. and move east to Highway 61, but will leave access open to the Valley Pro and Imperial Inn entrances off East 12th.
With the crew moving to East 12th in the next few days, Davison and the council discussed making additional drainage improvements south of East 12th along Wellington Street.
Replacing the 12-inch drainage pipe with 24-inch would add an extra $20,000 to $25,000 to the project cost. While the council felt it was a valid consideration, they chose not to act on it at this time. It was not part of the original contract, Davison said, because the issue didn’t come up until they met recently about the start of work on East 12th.
Concrete Products, Inc., of North Platte is contractor for the $1.821 million project.
All three streets are being rebuilt with seven inches of new concrete, and all three are also undergoing some storm sewer drainage upgrades.
The contractor is behind schedule, and Davison mentioned the possibility of continuing work next spring if they don’t finish this fall.
There is a contractor’s completion date set in the contract with an $800 per-day penalty if the project isn’t completed by Nov. 25. Weather delays allow for extension to that completion date.