Thomas and Sons is continuing work on Nicollet Avenue and forming and pouring sidewalks between 34th St and 35th St. The underground utility work is almost completed and the final grading can continue north. Paving north of 34th St could begin late next week. The intersections of 32nd, 33rd, and 34th are closed. They will minimize the parking restrictions as much as possible outside of the construction zone. The restrictions are necessary to allow for equipment maneuvering and to maintain safety for the public as well as the construction workers. All businesses will be open.
Minneapolis Water- the water main work is just about completed and Minneapolis Water will soon begin flushing out the main, doing the necessary testing. Following the testing the remainder of customers on the temporary main will be switched back to the permanent main.
Minneapolis Traffic is working installing conduit behind the curb and foundations for signals and lighting.
Century Link is wrapping up their work on their second manhole at 32nd St and installing additional conduit near their existing duct line. A few questions in the Phase 1 area…
When will the last layer of asphalt be put down? The last lift/layer of asphalt will be done at the same time for all 3 of the 2012 phases. This will occur late in the 2012 construction season.
When will the trees get planted? Minneapolis Park Board intends to plant all the trees in the 2012 Phase 1 project area at the same time. Tree planting is typically in the spring and fall and after the construction is completed, this means the trees in the Phase 1 area will likely be planted next spring.
When will the grass/sod boulevards get planted? These will also get planted in the fall.
When will the street lights be done? Minneapolis Traffic has been installing the wiring, poles, and fixtures for the new street lighting system. Additional fixtures have been ordered, they will be installed when they are received.