According to Seals, there is a very tight time schedule for the project. FEMA told Public Works it wants the entire project completed by December of next year, that way the roads can be totally cleared by March 2016.
It was Public Works’ idea to have three or four months of winter work done late this year and early next year, which would get boring work underneath the roads completed on schedule. Of course, as with everything this time of year, the weather will be the deciding factor in getting that work done on time.
The intention, Seals said, is to eventually have multiple phases going at one time. Officials will but a bid on the next two phases in January, with a fourth phase coming later. After the bid is accepted and the plans are solidified, the next two phases will be started while the first phase is finishing up, probably sometime in late March.
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