All of East 12th to be closed Monday; only local traffic allowed
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Cement pouring started early Wednesday morning this week on a portion of East 12th, between Highway 61 and Shorthorn St.
And on Monday, the plan is to begin preparations for cement on the rest of East 12th, which will close most of the Broadway to Shorthorn St. section, as well.
That will mean nearly the entire East 12th St. will be closed starting Monday, said Imperial Public Works Director Pat Davison.
Only local traffic will be allowed on the Broadway to Shorthorn St. section. The remainder of East 12th from Shorthorn to Highway 61 will be closed since Wednesday’s cement pour must sit for at least seven days to cure.
Work on Monday will start with milling on the south half of East 12th from Broadway to Shorthorn, which will be followed by the cement pour.
Then the Cement Products crew will move to the north half, do the milling, then follow with cement.
By doing half the street at a time, it will allow local traffic to access homes and businesses until the final pour on the north side starts.
After that, access will be limited to homes and businesses. However, Super Foods can be reached off Broadway and Smokin’ LeRoy’s from Wellington St.
On the east end of East 12th, Davison said Colson Agency can be accessed from Longhorn St., and the entrances to Imperial Inn and the Valley Irrigation building will remain open off the highway.
The crew will come back later to finish the east end by the motel, once driving on the rest of East 12th is opened up.
East 5th, 9th finishing up
The other two streets in the city’s project this summer, East 5th and 9th Streets, have just minimal items to be finished, according to Davison.
On East 5th, where the crews first started work, there is just a punch list left, along with seeding, shoulder work and some replacement of rock and gravel.
Davison expects all of the lanes on East 9th and the connecting Chase St., to be completely opened by Friday morning this week. The crew is finishing up work this week on the East 9th and Chase intersection.
Of course, Davison said weather always plays a factor in the schedule.
Tuesday night’s heavy rains here, however, did not deter the start of Wednesday’s East 12th cement pour, which started at 5 a.m.
Cement Products of North Platte won the bid for laying Imperial’s three new seven-inch concrete streets and the drainage improvements on each for $1.821 million.