November 8, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 45

Road construction project may not get finished before winter shutdown

Petersburg City Manager Steve Giesbrecht voiced concerns in his report to the Petersburg City Council during its regular meeting Monday evening.

Shelly Pope
Annie and Eli Tomal place the first of 20 brass medallions in front of The Trading Union Wednesday afternoon. The sections that the medallions are placed in are also seeded with blue glass pieces.

“The road improvement project is ongoing,” he stated. “The rain and warmer weather allowed concrete to be poured, but now it needs to stop or the road will not be paved in this phase.”

He also explained that if the roads are not paved before the winter shutdown, the city and residents of Petersburg will have to deal with gravel on these projects until next spring when the project resumes.

“There is really no way to get the pavement finished before we shutdown,” Dowl HKM Project Engineer Matt McGuan said. “The parking lots will be re-opened and that portion of Dolphin will be closed to through traffic, but it usually is for the winter anyway.”

McGuan explained that this will put the project behind when they begin again in the spring, but he stated they would be finished with it before the July 4th celebration.

“Our main concern for the next phase is working with Trident and their one loading dock,” McGuan stated. “We don't want to block them any more than we have to. Hopefully we can get this part finished between herring and salmon seasons.”

Giesbrecht also reported on the Aquatic Center.

“The Aquatic Center will be closed for annual maintenance from Dec. 16 to 23,” he stated. “This is the last week before school is out for winter break, allowing us to be open for swimming while the students are out of school.”

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