While the weather has been less than desirable since the December update, our subcontractors have managed to perform work and make progress. Early January was extremely cold and the job was frozen, late January and February brought warmer but much wetter conditions. (Take your pick as to which is better when working outside, cold or mud.) Grading work has been mostly non-existent as a result of the conditions; however, our subcontractor managed to continue to install storm drain pipe and drainage structures up to Westminster Court. Drier weather conditions will allow for dirt work to progress towards the Weigel’s well into the second phase of the project. Natural gas lines and services were completed on the first phase of the project down to Towne Center and a critical back feed tie was made under Peavine near Fairfield Blvd. and Cromwell Drive on the second phase. A water line bore was completed under Peavine near the Shell station as well as installation of new 10-inch water line up to Westminster. This water line has been tested and service transfers will begin soon between St. George and Westminster Court. Electric work is 95% complete on Phase 1 with the remaining scheduled to complete in the next 2-3 weeks. Comcast crews have started hanging new cable at Firetower Road progressing down to Fairview Drive. The subcontractor for Frontier phone has also started by installing down guywires and anchors and is scheduled to begin hanging new phone cable. The signal subcontractor has been drilling foundations for new signal poles at Lakeview Drive. When drilling is complete at Lakeview new foundations will be drilled for the Towne Center intersection as well as those at Stonehenge. Drilling these foundations in the sandstone is challenging especially when they bottom out at 21 to 24 feet deep.
Expected work during March, weather permitting, will include resuming installation of fill between Tuttle Lane and Dartmoor. Crews will also begin “blue topping” subgrade so that base stone installation can start. Driveway culverts will also be installed between Firetower and Stone Loop #2. Utilities (gas, water and electric) will progress well into Phase 2 while communication (cable and phone) will continue to work in Phase 1. Work activities will continue to be spread over the majority of the project, and I ask that drivers use caution while traveling through the project.