Bridge Road Reconstruction Update – November 22, 2019
Bridge Road Reconstruction started the week of July 8 of this year, with plans for a complete street reconstruction from Winnequah Road to Broadway. The project is nearly complete, with final completion of the project scheduled for the spring of 2020. The road is now open to traffic in both directions.
Due to the early onset of winter (snow began falling the last week of October), plans were made to install temporary asphalt to get us through winter. Temporary pavement was put down on November 16, and will remain in place until the spring of 2020. There are several areas of the street where the temporary pavement is soft and covered with metal plates. The plates will be removed once the frost is in the ground and the roadbed freezes for the winter. The metal plates will be placed in the same areas again in the spring once the frost in the ground moves out. Prior to placing the final layer of asphalt in the spring, there are several locations where the road bed will need to be repaired.
In addition to the temporary pavement, crews installed temporary pavement markings. The markings you see today are not the final markings. Once the permanent layer of asphalt is placed next spring, all pavement markings, (center line striping, crosswalks and bike lanes) will be painted. Even though the temporary pavement and temporary pavement markings have been installed, this area is still considered a construction zone. Care should be taken by pedestrians, bikers, and automobiles as they travel through this area. In addition, motorists and bicyclists should be aware that the interesection at Bridge and Winnequah now has a four-way stop.
Homburg Contractors are continuing to work in the project area as the weather allows. In addition to monitoring and maintaining the temporary asphalt, work items remaining this year include installation of sidewalk and ramps in various locations, street lighting, topsoil, and bridge rail installation. Some of this work will be completed in the spring of 2020, depending on the weather the next few weeks.
Final pavement and pavement markings were originally scheduled to be completed this year, and the project was running on schedule until the unseasonably cold and snowy weather began. However, we’re confident that the final product next spring will be worth the wait. With new infrastructure and utilities under the road, sidewalks, bike lanes, and a new bridge deck, Bridge Road will be a better, safer and more pleasing road for all users – cars, bikes, and pedestrians. We thank our residents for their patience during this construction process and look forwarding to the official project completion next spring.