Lovell Main Street business owners and manager packed the back room of the Brandin’ Iron Restaurant Monday to discuss with project leaders next summer’s planned Main Street rehabilitation and water and sewer project.
Wyoming Dept. of Transportation resident engineer Ben Steed started the discussion by explaining that WyDOT and the Town of Lovell are coordinating the two projects and working together on planning and design.
Steed said WyDOT will be repairing concrete slabs and performing ADA work on corners as well as repair broken sidewalks from Shoshone Avenue west. Meanwhile, the Town of Lovell will undertake the final phase of the multi-year water and sewer infrastructure project. The sewer main directly under the median strip will be replaced, along with the water main, which lies about 10 feet to the north of the median.
“We’ll do both jobs together,” Steed said. “We’re in the design phase now. It will be a huge impact. There will be the water and sewer lines and the services. We want to get input from you guys about traffic, working times and things like that. There are all kinds of different things that we can do.”
DOWL HKM engineer Andrew Mattie, speaking for the Town of Lovell project, said the water and sewer project will involve 6,000 linear feet of pipe from Great Western Avenue to Quebec.
“It’s a big project, and it’s going to be disruptive,” Mattie said. “We’ll have about a 20-foot hole down the middle of Main Street. Because of the sewer line we will start at the east end of Main and go toward Great Western.
“We’ll start very early, in April, and we’ll finish in about October.”
Mattie said rather than leaving great stretches of pavement torn up and unfinished for long stretches of time, the goal of the Main Street project is to do two blocks at a time and finish the blocks, then move west to the next two blocks. It will take three to five weeks per block, he said. Laterals must be run to the businesses, branching out from the main lines.
“It’s necessary to coordinate with the businesses and find out what’s a viable plan,” he said. “We’ll try to be as least disruptive as we can.”
Mattie said sewer laterals will be run to the edge of the right-of-way, and the business owner is responsible for any work beyond that. He said a cleanout will be put on each line for future maintenance. Water lines will also be run to the curb box.
Back door access
Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor urged businesses to examine their buildings for possible back-door access during the construction. Though the sidewalks on Main will be in use, there will be no parking on each two-block section of Main during the three- to five-week time of intense construction.
Taylor said Lovell Inc. and the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce will work together to communicate with business owners during construction. She noted that WyDOT can make orange signs available to direct shoppers to back-door accesses.
“I like doing two blocks at a time,” Taylor noted. “It seems like a better plan than what happened in the residential areas. It should be less disruptive, but there’s no way to avoid it.
“When it’s done I believe we will have the best (water and sewer) system in the state, maybe in many states. We’re very happy to help, and the Chamber is very happy to help.”
by David Peck
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