Weather and a delay in a permit has pushed back the completion date of the downtown water main replacement project.
“Due to the weather delays (deep freeze on project commencement prevented use of the milling machine which requires running water), then a delay in receiving a permit (external agency and not within our control), the project is running about 4 weeks behind. There have also been a few shorter delays as bones have been found and confirmed as non-human,” an email from Marg Coulson to the Review stated Tuesday.
Originally the project was slated to be complete at the latest by the May long weekend, which is rodeo weekend and includes a parade on the holiday Monday down 7th Avenue.
This year, however, because work continues the Elks parade will be re-routed to accommodate the work.
“In conjunction with the Elks, the decision has been made to hold the Rodeo Parade on Veterans, allowing the work on 7th to continue uninterrupted (we were going to pack, sweep and remove equipment for the parade),” the email stated.
Beautifying projects including the banners, planters and hanging baskets will also be on hold until the work is completed,
Other than the delay the project is going well and is on budget.