May 13, 2011
The South Project has had the most activity in recent weeks. Earthwork is progressing, but has been delayed once again by the wet and cool weather. The retaining walls for the south flyover bridge should be complete by next week and bridge work should commence immediately thereafter. Pile driving is scheduled to resume on the Bear Creek bridge next week as well.
The contractor is trying to finish up the Business 63 interchange bridge. The approaches are being poured this week and the barrier curb should be done by late next week.
They are also beginning the grading work for the temporary by-pass at the north connection near Lawson Hill Antiques.
The contractor has been preparing the sub-grade for base rock from just south of Lincoln St. to the north end. They should start laying base rock next week, and the area should be ready for concrete paving shortly afterward. The contractor intends on having a large area ready, so that when the paving crews arrive things will change rapidly.
The contractor was able to finish and seed about 10 acres of roadway slopes this week.
The plans to relocate the house just north of Route 6 have fallen through, but crews are salvaging what materials they can. Once they have salvaged the majority of the house, the contractor will demolish the remains and the foundation. This work must be completed prior to closing Route 6.
The closure date of Route 6 is still unknown at this time. The house needs to be demolished and there is still a substantial amount of earthwork that will need to be done prior to the closure. The paving crews will also need to be on site. Progress in this area is not anticipated until concrete paving at the north end is nearing completion.
In addition to the Alternate 63 work that has been taking place, a separate contract to overlay Routes P and 11 between the Alternate Route and Baltimore St. was awarded over the winter to Chester Bross Construction of Hannibal. Their crews have completed the overlay of Routes P and 11 and will continue out of town on Route 11 to Route 15 over the coming days. The new overlays should improve the connectivity between Baltimore St. and Alternate 63 once it opens in the fall.