Lovell Main Street project to begin Monday

StreetThe long-anticipated Lovell Streets Project in downtown Lovell will begin Monday, April 21, state and local officials announced this week.

Town engineer Andrew Mattie of DOWL HKM Engineering said work will begin on the west end of Main Street Monday with traffic control and work to remove the median strip between Hampshire and Idaho in preparation for the replacement of an irrigation water drain that crosses Main at that point.

Mattie said work on the irrigation drain will begin the following Monday, April 28, and the traffic control will direct traffic to one side of West Main while construction crew members rebuild the irrigation drain on the other side, then reverse the process.

Mattie said the irrigation drain should be completed by May 10.

The Wyoming Dept. of Transportation also announced the commencement of the Lovell Streets Project this week, stating in a press release that more than $4.9 million in highway improvements are coming to downtown Lovell.

The release states that work will begin Monday to remove the concrete median not only between Hampshire and Idaho but also between Oregon and Pennsylvania avenues on the east end of Main.

“The two inside lanes will be closed to allow this (median strip) work to be done,” WyDOT resident engineer Ben Steed said. “These sections of median are being removed so traffic control can be set up to do the work on the east and west ends of the project.

“Beginning Monday, April 21, WyDOT and the Town of Lovell are requesting residents to avoid parking on Lovell’s Main Street from Hampshire to Great Western avenues and also from Pennsylvania to Quebec avenues. This will aid the contractor in completing its work.”

Weekly public working meetings will begin next week following this Wednesday’s preconstruction scheduling meeting among WyDOT, the Town of Lovell, contractor Reiman Corp. and subcontractors.

The Lovell Streets Project’s goal is to replace the 60-plus-year-old water and sewer lines, fix the deteriorating driving surface of Main Street and gain Americans with Disabilities Act compliance with sidewalks, Steed said.

“WyDOT and the Town of Lovell will actively take public input daily and at the weekly public working meetings during this project, including working with businesses to maintain access,” Steed said. “We understand this project will bring disruption to the normal atmosphere of Lovell, and we appreciate everyone’s patience during this important project.”

The Lovell Streets Project is a combined project between WyDOT and the Town of Lovell. It includes removal and replacement of concrete pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalks and asphalt pavement, as well as installation of new water lines, sewer lines and the irrigation drain pipe on West Main.

The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2014.

by David Peck