Grand Island — The U.S. Highway 30 drainage improvement project is planned to start on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
The purpose is to construct a storm sewer to the detention cell at the former location of the Wasmer Elementary School from connections on Second Street at Logan Street, Broadwell Avenue, and Madison Street.
The improvements will significantly reduce the occurrence of flooding during storm events on Second Street. The project includes constructing drainage inlets on First and Division Streets between Logan and Madison Streets, which will provide drainage relief in those areas as well.
Other benefits include reconstruction of sidewalk ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, construction of new concrete pavement, and relief for storm sewer draining from Third Street north of the project area.
Efforts were made during the design stage of the project to minimize impacts to trees located along the residential streets.
The first phase of work will occur on Monroe Street on the east side of the Wasmer Detention Cell and on Division Street from Broadwell Avenue to Madison Street. These blocks will be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 27, to allow the contractor to begin work immediately on Aug. 28.
Later in September, work is anticipated to begin on Broadwell Avenue from Division to Second Streets. When Broadwell Avenue is closed, traffic will be detoured to Koenig, Monroe and First Streets.
Staff from the Public Works Department have been working closely with residents whose access will be affected by the project. A link for the project webpage is on the city's website at www.grand-island.com/2013projects.
The webpage will be updated as the project progresses.
Van Kirk Sand and Gravel, Inc. of Sutton, Neb., was awarded the over $1.2 million contract to construct the improvements.
Kirkham Michael & Associates of Lincoln, Neb., will perform construction engineering services including construction observation and quality control. The project is anticipated to be completed in May 2014.
For more information on this project, and other Public Works projects, visit the projects webpage at www.grand-island.com/2013projects, or call Scott at 308-385-5444 ext. 265.