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City crews switch traffic, push to complete Hwy 16 work by October 31

Tuesday morning commute transitioned to the north side of Highway 16 as construction crews pushed ahead with the second half of summer work.

Crews completed the final pavement markings of Phase 1 and the City was able to switch east and westbound traffic to the north side of Highway 16 between 59 Avenue and 75 Avenue.

The City is reminding motorists to drive with care in the construction zone and to follow the signs posted.

Mayor Gerald Aalbers listed some of the remaining tasks admitting there is still a fair amount of work to be done and crews aim to get it done by October 31.

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“Basically, it’s what they call a catch basin. So your storm water; the water running off the street. There may be a few re-alignments of what’s there. Of course there will be concrete intersection on the southside as well as northbound from College Drive as you approach the intersection of 44 Street, which is already excavated and getting underway for preparation for concrete.”

Aalbers indicated that similar concrete work will be done on the southside after the reconnection of the lines and then the final repaving. He again asked for patience and for motorists to obey the signs especially for the safety of everyone.

“If there is an open excavation and you try and cross that, even with a Sherman tank you won’t do it. I’m afraid that’s the challenge and I would hate to see somebody have that accident. It just creates all sorts of issues. So we are going to encourage people to follow the rules and the markings laid out as direction.”

Residents may review the traffic accommodation strategy on the City’s website.

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