Frisco officials say Main Street will reopen Wednesday
June 11, 2015
Frisco's Main Street should be open by next Wednesday, just in time for the town's annual Colorado BBQ Challenge. Town manager Bill Efting said workers just need to add a final layer of asphalt for the project to be "substantially completed," with minor tasks such as brickwork and cleanup remaining for the end of the month.
"We had hoped to do that this morning," Efting said, adding that paving had been held up by Thursday's rain. "For your last layer of asphalt, it turns out better when it's good weather. We want it to look good for the next 30 years."
Frisco spokeswoman Brodie Boilard said that it would take one day to complete paving on the main roadway, and an additional day to complete the intersections, with 48 hours needed to give the asphalt enough time to set before cars can drive on it.
The town is working to partner with local businesses to find ways to draw more people into their businesses this summer, to help make up for losses created by construction closures.
"There were three to four days where sidewalks were getting concrete put in and they couldn't use the front door. That's a huge impact," Efting said. "But we think of it as a long-term investment. … What's good for them is good for us and vice versa."
Kelly Foote, owner of Foote's Rest Sweet Shoppe, said the construction work had brought revenues for his business down more than 75 percent during construction.
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"We've lost a lot of money," Foote said. "It's not their fault, they're doing what they can. But we're ecstatic that the street's going to be open."
The town will host a celebration outside of Foote's Rest on June 29 to mark the end of construction. Foote said they would provide free beer for adults and ice cream for kids.
Vanessa Agee said Frisco is also looking at bringing in street performers over the summer, to draw in more guests on Main Street. A suggestion by one of several surveyed business owners, Agee said they would bring in the performers for four Fridays in July and August.
"It's a cool idea. It's the first time we've done this," Agee said. "We certainly want to collaborate with merchants around town."
She added that she was excited to see work wrap up two weeks ahead of schedule, despite the difficult weather.
"It has not been an easy construction," she said.