Closures to affect Main, Ash and the alley between

Photo by Robert Williams
Cement workers continued sidewalk and curb efforts between Maple and Juniper Avenues Wednesday, Aug. 31. The area is set for paving down to the lake in the coming weeks, while the downtown intersection will see extensive work, road and lane closures.

The final push of the Highway 87 construction project will begin after Labor Day affecting the downtown area and the Highway 10 bridge.

Traffic will be rerouted through town as the project moves into Stages 2 and 4.

Stage 2 work includes Juniper Avenue to Birch Avenue/CR 29, with work at the railroad crossing. Lane closures, flaggers, and a short-term detour will be on multiple city streets during the railroad work, while keeping access open to All-in-All.

Closures will be on Main Avenue downtown, Ash Avenue, as well as the alley between the two, beginning Thursday, Sept 8. Drivers will need to use Birch Avenue to get across town.

The westbound lane of highway 87 coming into town will be closed to Birch Avenue.

Stage 4 work includes the bridge over Highway 10, from just north of County Road 29 to the westbound on/off ramp.

Lane closures and an automated signal will be in use there.

Paving is slated for 87 from Juniper Avenue down to Town Lake.

The project is expected to last one to two more months, according to mayor and project contact Ken Miosek. The project is on time as the original completion date was mid-October.

Driveway access will be maintained throughout the duration of construction for local traffic. In areas with underground utility work or concrete, there may be some restrictions.