2017 James Street (Hwy 16/60) Reconstruction

James Street Construction Update for the Week of June 26th:

Work is set to complete on the Ludington St./James St. intersection Thursday, June 22nd. The lanes will be opened up and traffic may flow normally on 73. You will still be unable to turn onto James St. from Ludington.

The stage one area of James St. (River Rd. to Ludington St.) will be officially ready for use on July 5th, though a soft opening will occur after the parade on the 4th when the road will be opened to help the flow of local traffic.

That same stretch of East James St. Will be getting its pavement markings Thursday, June 22nd and Friday, June 23rd. This will be some of the last work done on the stage one area.

With stage one finishing up, stage two (Ludington St. to Industrial Dr.) is set to begin in earnest Monday, June 26th.  Many of the cross streets will be barricaded at their James St. intersection, and James St. itself will only be open to those who live or work along the route. If you live in one of the houses affected by construction, be sure to check out the new Residents page on www.askjames1660.com for some resources and reminders.

Much has been made about the sidewalk grade on the north side of the 100 block of East James St. The sloping terrace near the curb was necessary to make the Americans with Disabilities Act mandated five foot walkway become flush with the curb. The city, State DOT and contractors are all aware of the issue and are working to determine what can or should be done.

If you would like to make your thoughts on the issue heard, you may do so by contacting your alderman, coming to the next council meeting or – if you are a business owner – attend the monthly James St. Project Update which is slated for noon on June 28th at the Community Center. Representatives from DOT and the contractors will be on hand to answer question and listen to concerns.

You can also direct also your James St. Reconstruction Project questions to the city’s Business Liaison Intern, JT Cestkowski. He is surprisingly attractive and helpful. His email is jtcestkowski@columbuswi.us. And of course check back in at www.askjame1660.com for further updates on the construction.