Weekly Construction Update

James Street Construction Update for the Week of May 30th:

This week is about sidewalks, sidewalks, sidewalks! And well, also some other stuff.

Thursday, May 25
th will see the finishing of the new colored crosswalks on the east end of James St. The following Thursday, June 1st, will begin the pouring of the new sidewalks on the E. James St. block of downtown. This work will continue into Friday and possibly the following Monday, June 5th, though the contractors were optimistic that the sidewalks could be finished by the 2nd.

Any impression that the new pavement sits lower than the old is simply an optical illusion created by the gap between the street and sidewalk. Once the new sidewalk is poured into the gap, the new walkway and street should feel just like the old, except smoother.

Work will continue through the week on the sewer lift station being installed near the James St./Continental Dr. intersection, and on the water main that runs under W. James St. The water main needs to be worked on before the road construction, because accessing the main after would mean digging up the brand new street.

If you have any questions or concerns about the James Street (Hwy 16/60) Project, please contact city hall at 623-5900, or email the city’s Business Liaison at jtcestkowski@columbuswi.us. And of course check back in at www.askjame1660.com for further updates on the construction.


James Street Construction Update for the Week of May 8th: 

Concrete paving will continue between the Crawfish River and Ludington Street. 
Some work may be occurring also on James Street between Dickaosn Blvd and Main Street.  James Street will remain open to traffic during this work although there may be only one lane of traffic open at times, controlled by flag persons.  
Visit www.askjames1660.com for the latest project information. The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect. All planned work is subject to change due to weather.

James Street Construction Update for the Week of May 1st: 

Starting May 1st, crews will be installing sanitary sewer laterals across Highway 16/60 (James Street) between Dickason Boulevard and Main Street. This construction will not close down any streets, but a flagger will be present to assist traffic in that area at that time.
Crews will begin working on Friday, April 28th to prepare for concrete paving which is expected to begin on Thursday, May 4th. Access between the Crawfish River Bridge/River Road and Manning Street will be restricted for part of the day when paving begins. 
Visit www.askjames1660.com for the latest project information. The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect. All planned work is subject to change due to weather.

Week of April 24th:

Crews will continue removing the old James Street pavement and base underneath the pavement. As the old pavement and base is removed, new base material (crushed rock) will be brought in and graded.  These materials will provide the base for the new concrete pavement which will be poured beginning in early May.
Crews will also be constructing crossovers in the area of James Street and Dix to handle traffic when that intersection is reconstructed later this summer.

Visit www.askjames1660.com for the latest project information.

The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect. All planned work is subject to change due to weather.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has prepared a Powerpoint presentation providing an overview of the type of work scheduled for this summer and the schedule.


Week of April 17th:


Crews will continue removing the old James Street pavement and base underneath the pavement. As the old pavement and base is removed, new base material (crushed rock) will be brought in and graded.  These materials will provide the base for the new concrete pavement which will be poured beginning in early May.

Crews will also be constructing crossovers in the area of James Street and Dix to handle traffic when that intersection is reconstructed later this summer.

Visit www.askjames1660.com for the latest project information. The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect. All planned work is subject to change due to weather.



Week of April 17th:

The sanitary sewer and water utility work in Stage 1 is nearing completion. In the week ahead, storm water installation will be completed. Then crews will begin to remove the old James Street pavement and base underneath the pavement. In a couple weeks, they will begin installing the new base surface of materials which will ultimately be paved over with concrete in May.

Crews may also be working the week of April 17th building crossovers in the area of James Street and Dix to handle traffic this summer during phase 2 of the project. Visit www.askjames1660.com for the latest project information.

The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect. All planned work is subject to change due to weather.


Week of April 10th:

The utility work along Stage 1 will continue, but grading operations will also be getting underway.  This involves leveling the material on the street and placing gravel over it.   Pedestrian walkways and fencing along the construction area have been put in place to help people get safely through and around the construction zone on foot.  The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect.  All planned work is subject to change due to weather.

Week of April 3rd:
The utility work along Stage 1 will continue, so a lot more of the same will be occurring, but within the next couple of weeks as this progresses, the next step is grading the material on the street and placing gravel over it.   Also, in two to three weeks, you will see the designated pedestrian walkways start to be placed in the area.  There will be fencing and clear walkways put in order – this should help with pedestrian navigation of the area.  It cannot be put up until a couple of hurdles are cleared in the construction process, but they are close.  The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect.  All planned work is subject to change due to weather.

Week of March 27th:
Crews will continue working on East James Street between the Crawfish River and Ludington (Hwy 73), installing sanitary and storm sewer pipes and water services. Grading (leveling) of the road service will also begin. The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect.  All planned work is subject to change due to weather.

Week of March 20th:

Crews will continue excavation work on James Street between the Crawfish River and Ludington (Hwy 73) for work on sanitary sewer laterals and mains. The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect.  All planned work is subject to change due to weather.

Week of March 13th:
Crews will begin the excavation of James Street between the Crawfish River and Ludington (Hwy 73) for underground utility work.  The official Phase 1 detour route remains in effect.  All planned work is subject to change due to weather.

Week of March 6th:
Work on the project will commence.  Tree removal will be ongoing along the project route.  Survey crews will be out on James Street marking the area in preparation for construction work.  Official detour route will take effect.