With construction workers tearing up old pavement, section by section, two blocks of Frisco’s Main Street will be closed to vehicles until the end of October, as part of the town’s Step Up Main Street project.
Construction for phase three of the project, stretching from the Madison Avenue intersection to the Second Avenue intersection, will be conducted in a similar manner to previous phases. Workers will start and move from the outside-in, repaving sidewalks and adding new street lamps before tackling the road.
Frisco Marketing and Communications Director Vanessa Agee said most of the sidewalks should be poured by the end of the week.
“There’s an understanding that we need to get the sidewalks done, so the businesses have pedestrian access,” she said. “They’re on time right now, which is great.”
As with the rest of the project, the construction will feature new, brick sidewalk pavers, custom street lamps, an improved drainage system and a lowered street, which will help minimize icy roads in the winter. The street was last improved in 1982 — more than three decades ago.
Xcel Energy will simultaneously be working to replace a natural gas pipeline throughout the town. While the project is separate from Step Up Main Street, construction will overlap, with work currently taking place on Madison Avenue between the intersection of Granite Street and Main Street. The work is set to be completed by the end of October.
While Frisco also has until the end of October to finish Main Street construction, town manager Bill Efting said he hoped to see work wrap up earlier.
“Our goal is to get it done as fast as we can before the winter weather gets here,” he said. “It’s two blocks instead of three, and the weather is one of the factors we’re paying close attention to. We’re having a dry fall, so hopefully we can get in and out and finish the project.”
Agee added that the contractor, Columbine Concrete, had two phases of experience behind them at this point. Despite last spring’s continuous snowfall, they were able to complete the project two weeks ahead of schedule. In addition, fewer businesses should be impacted by this portion of construction, as part of the area includes town government offices and the Frisco Historic Park.
“The majority of the folks I talked to were excited about the project,” Efting said. “We’re communicating, and that’s what counts.”
Following this fall’s project, estimated at $1.28 million, just one phase remains: Phase four of construction will take place in spring 2016, with work stretching form Second Avenue to Fourth Avenue.
For more information, call the construction hotline at 970-668-0836, x9.