Williston, ND (KEYZ) Orange cones and construction return to downtown Williston as Public Works starts an ambitious sidewalk repair project stretching from 6th street to Front street along Main. Wayne Wiedrich Operations Engineer for the city says there will be closures.
“We start on May 30th with the 6th street intersection. The intersection will not need to be closed. They’ll be able to do it under traffic with flaggers, however Main street between 5th and 6th including the 5th street intersection will be closed due to removals in there. The removals will be taken care of, the cracks will be grouted and sealed, that don’t have to be replaced. Any sidewalk in that area that needs to be replaced will be done so as needed,” says Wiedrich.
The other closures will include the area between 4th street and 5th street on Main, Broadway to 2nd street and 2nd street to 1st street according to Wiedrich who explains there will be some detour routes in the meantime.
“Only two detour routes, at Broadway which will be done under flaggers, we don’t have to remove any concrete at the Broadway intersection and we’re planning on doing that in the evening when traffic volumes are less, we should be able to get in and out of there fairly quick,” he says.
But why so soon? Aren’t we putting the residents and businesses along Main through stresses endured last year and in 2015 all over again?
“With any project of this scope and size, you’re going to have a certain percentage of things that are going to fail, for no apparent reason,” says Wiedrich. The point he says is to get to these issues right now, before they lead to more extensive infrastructure damage, and more costly to repair.
Businesses like JC Penny’s, US Bank, Renaissance on Main, ASB, Hedderich’s and Cedar Chest are just a few on record, registering concern about the impact the work may have on their businesses. Wiedrich says that is why they are in a tight schedule to finish in just one month’s time.
“The aim is to finish the project by June 29th, to ease the burden on business and just in time for the summer festival season downtown, including Summer Nights on Main and fourth of July celebration”, he concluded.