By Gabe Licht
Drivers in and around Delano will need to be patient for a little while longer.
The Bridge Avenue bridge, originally slated to reopen Thursday, Nov. 19, is now scheduled to reopen during Thanksgiving week.
“Rain this week has bumped us back a couple days,” Delano City Administrator Phil Kern said Friday.
The current status of the floodwall project that caused the closure is that all concrete has been poured for the floodwall footings, including the stretch beneath the roadway.
“There’s a seven-day curing period for the concrete, and then the backfilling and road restoration can begin,” Kern said.
Crews hope to have the concrete poured by Thursday or Friday. They will add a fast-curing agent to the concrete, in hopes of having the roadway reopened by Thanksgiving, Kern said.
Work anticipated to take place this week includes:
• Backfilling the footing wall on the east and west sides of the river
• Forming and pouring concrete curb and gutter on the east and west sides of the river
• Completing pouring of concrete walk
• Completing site grading and restoration
• Completing electrical installation on the south side of the bridge
• Forming and pouring concrete aprons on Bridge Avenue, on either side of the floodwall.
Motorists are asked to use caution while driving near the construction site, as construction vehicles will continue to travel in and out of the site. Parking will continue to be limited throughout the duration of the project.
For a complete list of work that has been completed to date, visit www.delano.mn.us/services/projects/downtown-floodwall-project/updates/november-13-2015.