October 18, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 42

Downtown road construction continues

The Petersburg Road Improvement Project continues along Nordic Drive and Dolphin Street.

Construction progress to date includes all phase one drain pipes and storm drain structures on Dolphin Street and Nordic Drive, including the Dolphin Street outfall.

“All of the pipe work has been done,” Dowl HKM Project Engineer Matt McGuan said. “We will not be putting any more pipe in the ground.”

The Nordic Drive pavement, curb and gutter and sidewalk has been demolished and the D-1 base course has been placed and graded on Dolphin Street East and the curb and gutter has been poured.

“The project webcam is finally up and working,” McGuan said. “The project website has been updated as well.”

The Road Improvement Project webcam can be accessed through the City of Petersburg website by way of City Departments, Public Works and then Road Improvement Project.

“Get on there and check out what’s going on downtown,” McGuan urged.

In the next two weeks there will be a lot of activity taking place in order to remain as close to schedule as possible.

“We will be placing the gutter on Dolphin Street West in the next two weeks,” SECON Project Superintendent Bryce Kidd stated. “We will also be placing the curb and gutter on Nordic Drive as well.”

Kidd said that the prep work for the concrete sidewalk on Dolphin Street East and Nordic Drive would take place, along with prep work for installing concrete on Dolphin Street West. “We will also be placing the sidewalk on Nordic Drive,” he said.

Petersburg Public Works Director Karl Hagerman stated that the first four medallions would be arriving in Petersburg by the end of the week.

“We are getting the first four delivered now and the remaining 18 will be here in the next week or so,” Hagerman said. “We don’t want any of the project to be delayed due to waiting for these medallions.”

The sidewalk medallions, cast by Urban Accessories, will be set in glass-seeded concrete.

“They will be placed in a panel of glass-seeded concrete,” McGuan said. “This has a finish like normal sidewalk with small chunks of recycled blue and green glass spread across the concrete.”

When the panel is finished the thin layer of concrete will be power-washed from the medallion and glass and leave an exposed layer of aggregate glass.

These four medallions will be placed in this phase of the project and the remaining will go in next spring when the project resumes.

“The old brass inlays will be preserved and given to the City,” McGuan said.

The next progress meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Petersburg City Council Chambers.

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