Downtown utility work is slightly behind schedule
Construction is entering the fourth week in downtown Park Rapids.
"Things have been going very well," said Jon Olson, project manager.
Work is running slightly behind schedule but Olson said the end date this fall is still attainable. He said the original schedule was very conservative to allow for some small delays.
The water main has been installed between Highway 34 and 3rd Street on Main Avenue. Sanitary sewer north of 3rd Street was expected to be completed Friday.
This coming week, beginning Monday, service laterals will be installed to individual businesses north of 3rd Street.
Removal of concrete and asphalt south of 3rd Street will likely begin Monday, Olson said. It is estimated to take about three days to complete the removal.
While boardwalks are being installed there could be temporary closures for some businesses. Crews will make sure business owners know when these closures will take place. Temporary water lines will also be connected for the businesses south of 3rd Street.
North of 3rd Street, businesses could be without water temporarily while the service connections are being made. Outages will be longer so business owners should contact the project superintendent, Jeff Wipper, if a certain time needs to be arranged. His number is 320-980-2523.
Portions of the boardwalks on Main will need to be closed while the service laterals are connected to businesses. Crews will keep it to one block at a time and make sure to give as much advanced notice as possible. Some of the work may be done before or after business hours for some businesses that don't have a back entrance.
Construction crews said pedestrians downtown haven't been any trouble. Workers have been able to direct pedestrians to businesses and tell them the best way to get around.
Weekly construction meetings will continue to be at 8 a.m. Thursdays at Bella Caffé.