Questions & Answers

Here are a few of the frequently asked questions about this project. After the preconstruction meeting in July, we will populate this page with additional questions/answers as more is known.


When will the project start?

Construction is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2018.

 

How long will the project take?

The project is estimated to take 105 workings days (Monday – Friday), pending weather conditions. The anticipated construction windows are September - November 2018 and March - April 2019.

 

Why is this project necessary?

For more than a decade the City Council has been looking at how to best address Woodin Avenue Bridge safety issues, with its shifting and crumbling concrete, faulting electrical, and narrow sidewalks. The council originally looked at widening the bridge but found that cost-prohibitive. As they explored alternatives, a one-way bridge configuration as determined the best solution. As part of the one-way bridge reconfiguration, there needed to also be changes to the intersections and roadways at both ends of the bridge. The City also needed to upgrade an aging waterline to support future needs. Approaching these improvements (as well as the Woodin Avenue Landing Park) as a single, coordinated project limits the disruption to residents, businesses, and visitors to one construction season.

 

What is the geographic footprint and key components of the project?

The project limits on Woodin Ave are from S. 3rd Street to S. Emerson Street, and included N Columbia Street from Woodin Ave to E. Jonson Ave. Key components include the bridge repair, safety improvements to Woodin Avenue converting it to a one-way, replacement of an existing water main with a new 16-inch watermain, and the Woodin Avenue Landing Park.

 

What are the hours of construction?

The contract allows for work form 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday- Friday), but the contractor can request different hours which would be evaluated by the City. Real time construction updates can be found on the Project Updates page.

 

What is the project budget and how is it being funded?

The estimated total project cost is $3,906,721. For details on the funding, visit the Project Funding page.

 

Will cars and pedestrians be allowed on Woodin Avenue and the bridge during the construction?

For the majority of the project, the bridge will be open to vehicles, though during certain to-be-determined times, it will require closing. The Contractor is allowed to close Woodin Ave between 3rd Street and Columbia Street six times, for five consecutive 24-hour days. The Contractor is also allowed to close the area 12 times daily, for eight-hour closures. All other times the contractor will have at a minimum one lane of traffic through the construction area. Pedestrian access as well as access to Grand View and Campbells Resort will be maintained at all times. Real time closure updates can be found on the Project Updates page.

 

Will any other downtown streets be closed during construction?

No, only Woodin Ave. between S. 3rd Street and N. Columbia Street.

 

Will cars and pedestrians be allowed on Woodin Avenue and the bridge during the construction?

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, as well as access to Grand View and Campbells Resort.

 

Will the utilities be affected at any point?

To connect the new watermain, there will be short duration water outages. Visit the Project Update page for real time updates.

 

Are businesses going to be open during construction?

Yes. Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

 

How will deliveries get through to downtown business during construction?

Deliveries will be allowed on Columbia Street. The alley north of Woodin Ave will also be open.

 

How do I say informed about the construction project?

For the most up-to-date project information, visit the Project Update page of this website and sign-up for periodic e-updates to be mailed to you on the Contact Us page.

 


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