The Hiawatha Avenue Roadway Reconstruction Project - Summer 2017

October 13, 2017
The contractor completed the last section of the south side pavement between Boneta and Beulah today.  Next week they will pour the south side sidewalks and driveways between Big Bend and Beulah as well as finish up intersection work at Boneta that is south of the Hiawatha driving lane.  Sometime during the week of 10/23, the traffic will be switched to the south side and will be westbound from Big Bend to Beulah.  Once they start to remove and replace the north side of the road between Big Bend and Beulah, they should need 3 weeks to complete if the weather cooperates.  All roadway, sidewalks, driveways and hopefully sod should be completed the week before Thanksgiving.


September 29,
On Hiawatha, all of the new storm sewers have been installed between Big Bend and Beulah.  On Monday the roadway contractor will be back removing the south side of the street including sidewalk and driveway approaches between Big Bend and Beulah.  The north side of the street will stay open for one-way traffic westbound to Big Bend.  Once the south side of the street, sidewalk and approaches are completed, traffic will move to the new south side of the street and construction will repeat itself on the north side.  Construction should be completed for the rest of the project in roughly six weeks.

September 8,
As of today, the street, sidewalk, and driveways have been replaced for the block between Del Norte and Beulah.  The contractor will be pouring the handicap ramps at the Del Norte and Beulah intersections on Monday, September 11.  The street and driveways will be opened back up to residents at the end of the day on Monday.  

The next major phase of the project will begin mid to late next week with the project moving to the block between Big Bend and Boneta.  They will start to deliver storm sewers to be installed on Wednesday and begin installation of storm sewers Thursday or Friday of next week.  The road contractor will follow right behind storm sewer contractor removing and replacing the street.  

Road closures and detours will be moved on Wednesday accordingly between Big Bend and Boneta with traffic detouring down to Williams Avenue.

August 21, 2017
The block between Del Norte & Beulah is completely removed and they are starting to form back.  The plan is to have the street repoured by Friday the 25th but with forecasted rain, the schedule may be delayed.   

August 15, 2017

IMG_1176   Crews assembled on Hiawatha yesterday 8/14 as detours and signs were put in place so work can begin. The ground has been broken near Del Norte and will work its way west towards Big Bend Blvd.  Residents should put their waste receptacles out to the curb as usual for trash pickup on Wednesday. The contractor should ensure that Republic Services can access them that day. 

August 10, 2017
The contractor has fixed the issue with acquiring the MSD permit and will be starting the project on Monday, August 14th.  Sweetens Concrete is currently distributing letters to all residents and businesses on the block who will be affected.
Starting Monday 8/14, the block between Del Norte and Beulah will be closed and detoured to Williams, Beulah and back to Hiawatha.
The street, sidewalk and driveway approaches will be removed and replaced similar to Wise Avenue project.  

At this time, the estimated completion time is about a month per block.  

July 26, 2017 Update:
Preliminary work and storm structures should be complete next week (by 8/4/17) and Sweetens Concrete Co. should begin work on the first block of Hiawatha Ave, east of Big Bend Blvd up until Boneta Ave. The contractor plans to be on site to notify residents and work on logistics.  The entire block in each segment will be completely closed with detours. Each section should be completed in about 4-5 weeks if conditions are favorable, with the entire project completed around November of 2017. The contractor & their crew will then move east a block at a time until completion.  More updates to come!  

                                   Check back for updates on this project regularly.

About the Project:

Back in January of 2017, RHPW notified residents along Hiawatha Ave that the design consultant company, TWM, Inc., would begin surveying work in order to start designing the roadway reconstruction on Hiawatha Avenue between Del Norte and Big Bend. Design work was completed in June and construction will begin August 7, 2017, pending weather or other unforeseeable obstacles.  Construction by Sweetens Concrete Company should take 3-4 months max.  

Sweetens will be reconstructing and adding stormwater improvements to Hiawatha Avenue between Del Norte Avenue and Big Bend Boulevard.  The project will begin in August 2017 and be completed by November 2017 or sooner.  The project calls for the existing street, sidewalk and driveway approaches to be removed and replaced.  The existing street will be replaced with a new concrete street.  New storm sewer inlets and underdrains will be added at the intersections of Boneta and Beulah to fix the ponding of water at the intersections.  The project will be completed in phases to reduce the amount of inconvenience to traffic as well as access to street parking and individual driveways.

Please call or email Chris Boyd, Director of Public Works at 314-655-3670 or with any questions or concerns.

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