Weekly Update

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.

James Street Construction Update for the Week of June 19th:

Stage One, everything east of Ludington St., is nearing completion. Crews have been laying sod and signage over the last couple days and are expected to finish the entire stage ahead of the July 4th target.

This has allowed work to begin on Stage Two, everything west of Ludington St., early. No doubt you may have noticed that the 100 block of West James St. in the process of being torn up.

Hwy 73/Ludington St., which has been restricted to a single lane of traffic lately, should be opening up soon after the workers finish laying asphalt pavement between Ludington St. and River Rd Thursday, June 22nd and Friday the 23rd.

Despite being ahead of schedule on the switch from Stage One to Stage Two, the Stage One detour will remain in effect through the week of the July 4th celebrations. This should help traffic flow better during the festivities, but if you are inviting anyone to town for the parade and fireworks (and you should), you may want to give them special directions into town so they do not accidentally take the detour all the way around.

The next monthly meeting between state DOT, contractors and business owners has been organized. The meeting will be at noon on Wednesday, June 28th at the community center. The community center is the old-old Anchor Bank building at 161 N. Dickason Blvd. The contractors are friendly and willing to answer any question you might have regarding the construction. We hope to see you there.

If you have any questions, problems or concerns please give them to the city’s Business Liaison Intern, JT Cestkowski, at jtcestkowski@columbuswi.us. He works his magic and makes your problems disappear. And check back with www.askjames1660.com for any updates on construction.

James St. Construction Update for the Week of June 12th:

It is that time of the week again, time to get the latest salient details about the James St. reconstruction project!

If you have been down to the Ludington St./James St. intersection you’ve likely noticed that the workers have been replacing sidewalks and pouring in new colored crosswalks. This work is expected to continue this week and finish soon.

That same intersection is in the midst of a facelift. The road on the east end has been torn out and replaced, with work on the west side beginning just a few days ago. Today (Wednesday, June 7th) the crews are smoothing the earth in anticipation of dropping in the stone layer to be added tomorrow. Monday, June 12th, and Tuesday, June 13th are the dates slated for concrete to be poured on the western edge of the intersection.

Despite this solid progress, the stage one section of James St. (73/Ludington St. to River Rd.) will remain closed to traffic over the 4th of July. However, the restrictions on the side streets will be loosened to allow people to get around for the festivities associated with the 4th.

If you are a fan of new signage and sod, good news, these will be brought into the stage one area starting Tuesday, June 13th.

That is it for today’s update. Please continue to check in with www.askjames1660.com for the latest news on the James St. reconstruction project. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the road work, please email the city’s Business Liaison at jtcestkowski@columbuswi.us. 

James Street Construction Update for the Week of June 5th:

This week sees the continuation of work on the sidewalks along East James St. between River Road and Water St. This work should be done by the end of Monday, June 5th. Further work along the sidewalks will continue into the rest of the week with the 100 block of East James St. getting all of its sidewalks done by the end of Friday, June 9th.

Prep work continues on West James St. as crews work on the water main and on installing a sanitary lift station near Continental Drive. This work is in preparation for stages two and three of the project. Stages two and three represent all of the work to be done on West James St. That is everything west of Ludington St./Hwy 73.

Stages two and three are set to begin later this month, ahead of their original July 4th estimate. The entire project is running several weeks ahead of schedule. Construction was supposed to last into November, but current estimates mark the completion date as October 20th.

If you have any questions, problems or concerns with the James St. reconstruction project, please call Columbus City Hall at (920) 623-5900, or e-mail the city’s Business Liaison, JT Cestkowski, at jtcestkowski@columbuswi.us. And of course continue to check in at www.askjames1660.com for more announcements.

James Street Construction Update for the Week of May 30th:

This week is about sidewalks, sidewalks, sidewalks! And well, also some other stuff.

Thursday, May 25th will see the finishing of the new colored crosswalks on the east end of James St. The following Thursday, June 1st, will begin the pouring of the new sidewalks on the E. James St. block of downtown. This work will continue into Friday and possibly the following Monday, June 5th, though the contractors were optimistic that the sidewalks could be finished by the 2nd.

Any impression that the new pavement sits lower than the old is simply an optical illusion created by the gap between the street and sidewalk. Once the new sidewalk is poured into the gap, the new walkway and street should feel just like the old, except smoother.

Work will continue through the week on the sewer lift station being installed near the James St./Continental Dr. intersection, and on the water main that runs under W. James St. The water main needs to be worked on before the road construction, because accessing the main after would mean digging up the brand new street.

If you have any questions or concerns about the James Street (Hwy 16/60) Project, please contact city hall at 623-5900, or email the city’s Business Liaison at jtcestkowski@columbuswi.us. And of course check back in at www.askjames1660.com for further updates on the construction.