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Step Up Main Street – Frisco Main Street Construction Project

 

Step Up Main Street Construction Hotline at 970-668-0836 x9 

Weekly Construction Update-10/10/14

Work continues at the intersection of Main Street and 7th Avenue on both the south and north sides of the intersection. Intersection improvements will include new curb & gutter, asphalt, street lights, pavers and pedestrian crosswalks. Concrete work will be the focus during the week of October 13.

There may be one lane closures of Main Street during this work, but traffic will be managed with flaggers or by creating 2 temporary lanes of traffic. 7th Avenue will experience closures on both the north and south sides of Main Street for the next few weeks and construction on the 7th Avenue/Main Street intersection will be completed in late October.

Construction will be from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and for the next few weeks crews will also work on Saturdays in order to finish this phase of the project by the end of October.

The whole Step Up Main project is anticipated to be completed in 2016 with 4 phases, and with work primarily occurring during the spring and fall.

Stop by and talk with Town officials about the project at a Construction Coffee at Abbey’s Coffee at 720 East Main Street on Friday, October 17 from 9-10am.

To receive Step Up Main Street Construction Weekly Updates please click here.

Please call the Construction Hotline (970) 668-0836 x9 during the week for the most up to date information.

Will the completion of the drainage pipe installation solve drainage issues this winter (2014/2015)?

We have received a lot of positive feedback about this project solving drainage issues on Main Street, and while laying drainage pipe this fall from 7th Avenue to Madison Avenue will help quicken the pace of future phases, it will unfortunately not solve drainage issues for this winter. The pipe installation was intended to make future phases faster and more efficient. There is additional infrastructure required on each block to improve drainage on Main Street from 7th Avenue to Madison Avenue. That infrastructure will be installed during each of the final 3 phases of the project starting next spring.

But rest assured that the Step Up Main Street will not only present a more aesthetically pleasing Main Street, but also a better functioning one with improved drainage.

Why was Main Street “milled” from 7th Avenue to Madison Avenue?  Was it then repaved?

Lots of folks have been asking why Main Street was “torn up” and then “repaved” so we thought an explanation was advisable.

A milling machine was brought in to grind up the asphalt on the eastbound lane of Main Street from 7th Avenue and Madison Avenue so that construction work over the next few weeks could be done more efficiently reducing closure times on the eastbound lane of Main Street.  Milling is significantly faster and more economical than cutting asphalt and then removing it with heavy equipment.  Milling was done on Main Street from 7th Avenue to Madison Avenue in less than 5 hours early one Monday morning.

The dirt in the milled area was then compacted and the ground up asphalt or “millings” were then placed on the lane and compacted to provide a driving surface of higher quality (and less dusty) than the exposed dirt surface- NO repaving though.  Now as construction crews move down Main Street they are able to easily dig through the milled and dirt layers to lay storm drain pipe.

There you have it.  Milling is fancy for “grinding”, and no repaving happened just a lot of compacting.  Once crews are done laying pipe one block at a time they will in fact be repaving. Check out their handiwork from 7th Avenue to Madison Avenue. Also, working on storm drains now will make the last 3 phases of work on Main Street faster.   We’re all about lowest possible impact and efficiency. 

 

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Before

The project will improve infrastructure and create a more welcoming and usable Main Street. Components of the project include adding additional street benches, updating street lighting, expanding the north side sidewalk two feet (to make it as wide as the current sidewalk on the south side of the street), and updating the paver design / increasing the amenity strip on each side of the sidewalk. The project will also improve drainage, as well as improve safety and functionality. Parking along Main Street will remain in its current configuration, and will result in no net loss of parking for Main Street patrons. Summer seasonal placement of flower planter boxes and hanging flower baskets are planned to continue as in past years. For more information on the “Step Up Main Street” project, please contact Town of Frisco Public Works Department at (970) 668-0836.

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