Coming to the end of the tunnel
Springfield’s 2015 streets improvement projects are nearing completion. The reconstruction of Gamble Street from Ray Avenue easterly to Burns Avenue has been completed and is awaiting asphalt. It is open to traffic.Reconstruction of Van Dusen Street from Spring Avenue westerly to its intersection with Highway 14 is nearing completion. The street projects include reconstruction of storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water mains, curb and gutter, and bituminous pavement. Van Dusen Street was also widened, and centered in the right of way.
The project is about two weeks behind schedule but should be completed and ready for curb, gutter and asphalt surfacing by October 1, according to City Engineer Andy Kehren. A couple of things that hindered the schedule were rain, removal of more sidewalk than originally planned, hooking up service lines, and a few underground surprises, said the city engineer.
“We had a pretty favorable summer, weather wise,” said City Manager Matt Skaret. “We had some problems at various intersections where the ground was extremely wet. Rain, however, isn’t always bad in a construction project. It helps with dust control and it helps with soil compaction.” Overall the project has gone well, said the engineer and city manager Quality of the work has been very good, they said, and there have been very few complaints from residents. GM Contracting of Lake Crystal has the general contract for the work.