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Downtown Revitalization project phase one continues

WRANGELL, ALASKA

Construction continues on Wrangell’s Downtown Revitalization project. Work started about a month ago near the entrance to City Dock and Front Street and since then crews have been working 9-hour days to keep the project on schedule. Department of Transportation Project Engineer Eric Voorhees says at this point they are working in areas with a number of underground utilities which he says can be a complicated process.

“McGraw Custom Construction and their sub contractor Southeast Earthmovers have installed storm drain structures near city dock, as well worked on road way elevation. Right now we are working on making water main connections at the intersections of Federal Way and Front Street,” he says.

Once connections are tied together on Front Street and Federal Way, phase one will continue moving down Front Street towards Campbell Drive, followed by phase two which will go from Campbell Drive to Lynch Street. Phase two is scheduled for completion on November 18th.

There will then be a winter shut down until spring, and at that point phases three, four, and five will pick up in the 2012 construction season. Voorhees says it’s important for the public to be aware of construction changes as the project moves forward.

“McGraw Custom Construction will be submitting a new temporary traffic control plan as we move into phase two. It will go through a review process and then we might have some new temporary traffic control rounding over next couple weeks. It’s just something for the public to be aware as things could be changing,” he says.

Construction progress meetings are twice a month. The next meeting will be October 6th at 10 a.m. in City Hall. The public is welcome to attend. For more information you can contact DOT Project Engineer Eric Voorhees at 907-301-2178.
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