Summer road work projects will pave Weber, Cassiar


Summer road projects will result in two Wrangell streets being paved for the first time.

Work is currently underway to pave Weber Street, starting at its intersection with Church Street and stretching up into the small subdivision above Reid Street, with completion expected by the end of this week. City officials expect to pave and rework culverts on Cassiar Street from Mission Street to the street's end starting June 15, according to Public Works Director Carl Johnson. A firm completion date hasn't yet been set, though officials expect the work to be completed by the fall, Johnson said.

“We expect it to be completed in October,” he said.

The scope of the work could change at the July 1 opening of the fiscal year, Johnson said.

“There's a change order on the horizon,” he said. “We're still trying to squeeze it in to one short year.”

The Weber Street work is being managed by the Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA). Work started in late May, and portions of Reid Street have been closed to through traffic as part of the work, said Bill Willard, the transportation manager for the WCA's Transportation section.

“We anticipate it'll be done by the end of the week,” he said.

With the completion of both projects, only a few residential streets in the Wrangell borough center remain unpaved, Johnson said. The busiest remaining unpaved section is First Avenue between Evergreen Elementary School and the Wrangell Medical Center.

A resurfacing for Evergreen Street has been postponed until 2015. Officials expect bidding for that project to start this winter. That project is needed, in part, because the road surface is at or near the end of its usable life, Johnson said.

“Most of the road's in two-inch pieces,” he said.

Additional work on St. Michael's Street stemming from a water main break over the winter is also anticipated to be completed this week, according to Johnson.

Officials advise motorists to slow down and be aware of road construction workers when driving near construction zones.


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