Complications cause delay on Winslow Way

The Winslow Way reconstruction project is running a week behind schedule after finishing one of the more risky steps in the project.

The contractor, Tucci and Sons Inc., hopes to make up for lost time by working at night to complete the project as scheduled – especially the segment from Winslow Way to Madison Avenue – before July 4.

The sewer main and side sewer installation are almost fully installed, which Project Administrator Chris Wierzbicki said Wednesday were the more risky and disruptive portions of the project.

The project ran into complications because of unpredictable paths of the sewer line and rain, which ruined much of the on-site soils that would have been used for backfill. Instead, the contractor had to import new materials to fill over the top of the new sewer main.

The contractor has not uncovered any groundwater thus far in the work, and has dug just about 13 feet underground in the deepest part of the work. Wierzbicki said the contractor will not reach that depth again until workers tackle the sewer line on Bjune Drive.

Wierzbicki said it’s possible there will be cost overruns with the additional soils that were brought to the site, and costs associated with a concrete duct bank that required time delays.

Councilor Kim Brackett asked Wierzbicki during Wednesday’s meeting to bring specific financial details, including budget updates and cost overruns, to the council in the next several weeks.

“Neighboring businesses and travelers through the site have been very patient with the contractor as portions of the on-street parking and travel-way are temporarily blocked to allow trucks to drive around the  stockpiles,” Interim City Manager Brenda Bauer said in a memo to council members.

The contractor will work two shifts for at least the next week – from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Work outside regular working hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) will continue until early May, and if successful, may continue in the future to ensure an on-schedule project completion in late June or early July.

By continuing work after hours the contractor hopes to allow for more free-flowing traffic.

Next week the team will begin installing side connections for the storm drain on the north side and at the Madison intersection, as well as the water main installation.

This work will require portions of the sidewalk to be removed. Gravel will be used to access storefronts.

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