Frisco’s Main Street project behind schedule, but officials aren’t panicking yet
The Frisco “Step Up Main Street” project is about five days behind schedule, but town officials are hopeful phase 1 can be completed before Oct. 31 when crews pack up for the winter.
Rick Higgins, assistant public works director for Frisco, provided the Frisco Town Council with an update Tuesday night. Thanks to a variety of unplanned factors, work crews are a little behind schedule, but there’s no reason to panic, Higgins said.
Initially scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 4, at the corner of Main Street and Madison Avenue, the Step Up Main Street project experienced its first setback when on that same day the Colorado Department of Transportation closed the westbound Interstate 70 Frisco/Breckenridge exit near milepost 203 for paving operations. Knowing travelers would be detoured to Main Street, officials decided to delay construction a day, Higgins said.
The weather also hasn’t been kind to construction crews, Higgins said, noting that Tuesday marked the 21st day of construction. Workers have been forced to endure some type of moisture on 16 of those 21 days, Higgins said.
“The weather hasn’t completely shut anything down,” Higgins said. “but, it’s certainly had an impact on the construction schedule.”
Barring a significant weather event, Higgins said he thinks construction crews may be able to get back on schedule beginning next week when workers turn their attention to drainage improvements on Main Street. Crews already have completed the bulk of the work at the intersection of Main and Madison, and this week broke ground at the intersection of Main and 7th Avenue.
Higgins was asked what would need to be finished next spring should crews fail to get back on schedule.
“If the weather continues to beat us up and there’s something we aren’t able to complete, it will probably be the pipe work (on Main),” Higgins said. “Completing the 7th Avenue intersection is a priority. We can’t have 7th closed all winter.”
Although the project is behind schedule, Frisco town manager Bill Efting said the response from the community about the work completed thus far has been positive, even with last week’s unplanned two-day detour to Creekside Drive to wrap up work at Madison Avenue. Efting credited the response to town staffers who have made it a priority to keep residents and business owners apprised of any changes to the construction schedule.
“I also think we’re working with a good contractor who is sensitive to minimizing impacts on business owners,” Higgins added. “And, after speaking with the town of Breckenridge, we learned that it’s better to set up a detour and keep traffic moving, rather than open and close the street. As long as you can keep people moving, they seem happy, but we did get some complaints about speeding on Creekside.”
Residents can expect more detours come Monday when crews begin drainage improvements. Those detours will only affect eastbound traffic on Main Street and will be limited to one or two blocks at a time, Higgins said. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to Granite Street during pipe work.
The Step Up Main Street project encompasses four phases and is scheduled for completion sometime in 2016. Construction is scheduled to take place primarily during the spring and fall.
Residents are invited to hear an update about the project during a “Construction Coffee” talk with town officials from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Abbey’s Coffee, 720 Main Street.
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