The next phase of construction on Anoka’s East Main Street is anticipated to start Monday.
Despite heavy rains in the last week, the contractor is on schedule, said Public Services Director Greg Lee.
Work has been done on the weekends to keep pace with an aggressive phasing schedule that only allows three weeks of construction per block on Main Street in order to minimize the impact to downtown business owners.
As part of the construction contract, the contractor will be penalized $10,000 a day if it is behind schedule for each of the three-week phases of the project, said Lee.
“The majority of the work from First to Second avenues will be completed this weekend,” said Lee.
Work will move to the next block between Second and Third avenues on Monday.
Construction will be focused on the south side of East Main Street as it makes its way toward Sixth Avenue, where it will then transfer to the north side.
At this time, there is no disruption to westbound traffic. Traffic has been reduced to one lane from the Rum River Bridge to Second Avenue, with no left turns being allowed onto Second.
Once construction moves to the next block, sidewalks in front of Main Street Square and Amish Corner will be closed, although access to businesses will remain open.
Construction on the city hall parking lot is anticipated to begin May 21.
For updates on the East Main project call the city’s hotline at 763-576-2729 at or visit www.ci.anoka.mn.us.
If you have questions about the construction call 763-576-2729 and leave a message, or call Jim Stockhaus at 612-616-1599.
Mandy Moran Froemming is at firstname.lastname@example.org