The Lovell Main Street Project has finally made the big jump. After weeks at Montana Avenue, the east detour has moved two blocks west to Kansas Avenue, almost totally freeing the downtown business district to normal traffic.
The move was made Tuesday evening.
With the recent progress made, and with the Extreme Weight Loss show being filmed on Main Street Saturday, Project Supt. Lloyd Wulf of Reiman Corp. said at Tuesday’s public project update meeting that the concrete and water and sewer crews would not work this coming weekend, working through Friday and resuming work on Monday.
Wyoming Dept. of Transportation Public Relations Specialist Cody Beers said Tuesday that Wilson Brothers Construction has about three weeks of excavation and pipe replacement to go, currently digging between Idaho and Jersey and working west to Hampshire.
After last week’s cold snap, the weather has been perfect this week, Beers said, and is forecast to remain good for some time to come. He said the goal is to fairly quickly move the east detour to Jersey Avenue to free up the Western Motel, 4 Corners Bar and Maverik convenience store to Main Street traffic.
Once the detour reaches Jersey, it will stay at Jersey for the duration of the project, Beers said, with no more businesses affected. He also noted that some businesses the length of Main Street will be affected by the project one more time when the crew arrives to grind the surface of Main Street. That process will be relatively brief, he said.
“Our goal still is to get everything done this year,” Beers said. “We could go a little bit into November.”
WyDOT resident engineer Ben Steed said during Monday’s chamber of commerce general membership meeting and again Tuesday that anyone with newly poured concrete in front of their business or home is asked to not use any salt or chemical ice melt this winter to allow the concrete to fully cure.
Ice melt and salt can cause the top of the concrete to come off, Steed said, because the process is one of constant “freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw” that can cause the top layer to separate.
“It takes a nice, smooth surface and exposes the rocks,” Beers added.
Sand is OK to use, Beers said.
By David Peck