Construction Projects & Reports
[UPDATED: 10/31/14] Construction of the Downtown East Gateway project began on June 17, 2014. The corridor partially opened on October 24. Traffic is now able to travel east and west on E. Main Street. The only project areas that is still closed is a portion of Whitewater Street, between the intersections of Center Street and E. Main Street, and the alley north of the Whitewater Street/E. Main Street intersection. These areas will not open until pavement replacement and traffic signal installation is completed, which we anticipate will be Friday, November 7. Please use caution as you drive through the project area as the street geometrics and other features have changed. Most notably, a median island has been added at the intersection of E. Main Street and Wisconsin Street (north of the railroad tracks) which will prevent eastbound vehicles from continuing east on East Main Street. Additional crosswalks and bike lanes have also been added.
The city understands that this project has been difficult for members of the community, and many city staff members have received inquires as to why the project took so long to complete. Based on the project scope of work, our city engineer expected the project to take twenty (20) weeks until the road could open and twenty-two (22) weeks for final completion. When the road opens tomorrow, it will be twenty (20) weeks since construction began. Though the contractor, Forest Landscaping & Construction, Inc., began construction approximately six (6) weeks after the anticipated start date, they have been responsive to city requests and have been able to expedite the project to meet the twenty (20) week expectation, which included paying their crews overtime.