Winslow Way will be closed to vehicles

Bicyclists take advantage of the sunny day to ride past the construction on Winslow Way. - Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo
Bicyclists take advantage of the sunny day to ride past the construction on Winslow Way.
— image credit: Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo

Winslow Way will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 17 from Madison Avenue to Bjune Drive from from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for approximately three weeks, according to a statement released at 3:20 p.m. Monday.

Access to businesses will be available to foot traffic only.

City officials say the traffic revision will enable the contractor to start replacing the storm sewer main, which was complicated by excessive rain and drainage problems.

“This re-routing of traffic is a decision that we take very seriously,” said project administrator Chris Wierzbicki, “and one which we believe will help us make up for lost time due to weather conditions.”

The city limited traffic to westbound only on Winslow Way from Madison to Ericksen at the beginning of construction. Westbound traffic and on-street parking on the south side of the street will be available after 3 p.m. during the week and all day on the weekends.

Town and Country store director Rick Pedersen said that they are trying to cooperate with the city as much as possible.

"We are working with the contractor as much as we possibly can to provide access to customers and get this done as quickly as possible," said Pedersen.

Pedersen said that there is access to the store parking lot from Bjune Drive at all times.

Beginning Monday, May 23, the city will open up 13 more parking spaces for public use in the City Hall parking lot in an attempt to alleviate parking issues on the street, according to a press release.

Winslow reconstruction project manager Chris Wierzbicki said that the city's decision to reroute traffic was an effort to make-up for previous delays in the construction process. The city was running about a week behind due to complications and poor weather.

"Over the last three weeks it has been difficult to maintain traffic and on street parking and we were causing a lot of delays," said Wierzbicki. "Technically traffic was open, but it seemed like since we weren't providing the traffic and parking like we promised, why should we not use this time to catch-up on work. We decided to go ahead and close the road to get work done as close to on-time as possible."

Wierzbicki said the sunshine and road closure is a major advantage for workers and will hopefully get the project back on schedule.

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