Sept. 4, 2006

Update on Delano road construction

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Most of the road construction activity in Delano is now taking place between Railroad and Elm Avenues, noted Delano City Administrator Phil Kern.

“The focus of construction for the past week has been to complete as much work around the school intersection as possible before school starts on Sept. 5,” Kern said, adding that presently, most of the activity falls into the following categories:

– Utilities are being moved

– Preparing subgrade (excavating out unsuitable soils for eventual replacement with proper materials for the road base)

– Installation of storm sewers from the Railroad to Elm Avenue

Kern said that in the next few weeks, construction will focus on expanding further south near railroad tracks.

“Eventually crews will start to work south of the tracks, subcutting and preparing the subgrade as they have on the north,” he said, adding that construction crews will also begin the process of hauling in new materials north of the railroad in the next week or two.

Down the road on Rockford Ave., the contractor has removed the roadway surface along the construction portion of Rockford, Kern added.

Contractors currently are in the process of relocating gas, phone, cable, and electric utilities

In the next few weeks, work will begin on sewer and water replacement, which will involve excavating down to the existing utilities and replacement, causing major road disruption, Kern noted.

Excess dirt will also be exported to Ninth Street project.

On the west side of town, work continues to happen on Davidson Ave., Kern said, adding that subgrade has been prepared over the past few weeks.

He said that utilities are also being installed, and that in the next few weeks, road materials will be brought onto the site and the area will be prepared for paving.

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