The Uptown Enhancement Project is finally done, but not quite. ?By the end of this week, we?re going to be 99 percent done except for the fog seal and striping,? Cullen Hollister said. Hollister is the city of Sedona?s assistant engineer and Uptown Enhancement Project manager.
The Uptown Enhancement Project is finally done, but not quite.
?By the end of this week, we?re going to be 99 percent done except for the fog seal and striping,? Cullen Hollister said. Hollister is the city of Sedona?s assistant engineer and Uptown Enhancement Project manager.
When crews will fog seal the asphalt and then restripe Hwy. 89A is uncertain, Hollister said. The city is currently considering when this can be done without disrupting traffic.
Fog seal adds a protective layer to asphalt, preventing it from cracking, and makes the old and new asphalt the same color.
?We cannot do it without literally closing down Hwy. 89A,? Hollister said. Closing the highway isn?t something the city wants to do, according to Hollister.
City staff discussed sealing and striping at night, according to Hollister, when there isn?t much traffic, but a certain temperature is needed. It must be at least 50 degrees outside to apply the seal.
?Had we got the project done on time, we would have been able to do it in September or October,? Hollister said.
Construction delays pushed the completion date back nearly four months, making winter weather a factor the city had not planned on dealing with.
Originally, projections called for the Uptown Enhancement Project to be finished in early October.
Tiffany Construction completed major construction on Hwy. 89A on Dec. 22 nearly a year after the project began. Construction on Apple Avenue wasn?t complete until the end of January, and then Apple Avenue was reclosed for further work.
Hollister said Apple Avenue should be open for good Friday, Feb. 9.
The city closed the street again so crews could make utility valve covers and manholes level with the street?s surface, according to Hollister. If the work hadn?t been done, Hollister said it would have made the street bumpy.
Tiffany Construction continues to touch up work that didn?t meet city standards along Hwy. 89A as well.
At this point, a few components of the project have been pointed out by city staff that need to be repaired, but there could be more. Repouring the sidewalk on the east side of Hwy. 89A where a lip in the pavement tripped pedestrians is among the repairs.
?We [city staff] haven?t had a real detailed walk-through,? Hollister said. The inspection is set for Tuesday, Feb. 13, or Wednesday, Feb. 14.
City staff will identify problem areas Tiffany Construction needs to fix during the walk-through.
City Manager Eric Levitt said, overall, he feels good about the project.
?In long term, it will be very beneficial because it will provide a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere,? Levitt said.
Hollister said the partnership between the city and Tiffany Construction helped move the project along, and without cooperation, it would have taken longer and cost more money.
Tiffany Construction is satisfied as well.
?We?re pleased with it [the project],? Tiffany Construction Project Manager Chevelle Frantz said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS