Thomas and Sons has been pouring sidewalks between 34th and 35th Streets. They have also been working on the bus pads at 33rd and 32nd. They are scheduled to pave, with the first layer of asphalt, north of 34th St starting on Thursday. Friday and Monday they would be pouring the concrete curb and gutter, with more layers of asphalt later 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- has been flushing out the main, and should be doing the necessary testing. Following the testing the remainder of customers on the temporary main will be switched back to the permanent main, this may occur as early as the end of this week.
Minneapolis Traffic is working installing conduit behind the curb and foundations for signals and lighting as well as working on the permanent traffic signals.
Century Link should be completed with their work at 32nd St by the end of today. Their only remaining work for the 2012 construction year will be to install an additional conduit near their existing duct line in the phase 3 area concurrent with Thomas and Sons work.
PHASE 3 update Currently we anticipate being about 2 weeks away from moving into the 3rd phase construction area (35th St to 36th St, including the intersection of 36th St). As with the other phases, the City will be setting up a phase 3 walk-around in the near future.
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.