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West side road project begins on Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, May 28, contractors will be working on a major road construction project on Morris’ west side. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)

MORRIS – A $1.6 million road improvement project on Morris' west side is set to begin construction next Tuesday, May 28.

Construction will affect all residents living on West Ninth, 10th, and 11th Streets between Pacific Avenue and Park Avenue and residents of Idaho Avenue and Nevada Avenue between West 9th and Park Avenue.

The project includes reconstructing streets and repairing or replacing water mains, sanitary sewer lines, storm sewers, curb and gutter and sidewalks.

While local residents will continue to have road access during the project, contractors and city officials are urging residents to avoid driving in the area once construction begins.

Contractors with Breitbach Construction of Elrosa will be on-site from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday through the scheduled end of the project in October.

There will be weekly, on-site meetings at the corner of Eighth Street and Nevada Avenue at 9 a.m. on Thursdays for residents to get updates on the status of the project, City Inspecting Engineer Jay Fier said.

Fier will also go door-to-door to notify residents where and when contractors will be working, and residents in the area should have received a letter about the project.

The project is being broken up into three phases, starting with work along Eighth Street and moving north through the project area.

Dan Ploipnick, superintendent for the project, estimated the first phase would be finished by August, the second by September and the third by October, but the extent of the project makes estimates difficult.