The City of Baker is close to completing the George Avenue project in the residential area east of the Baker High School campus.
According to Steve Zachmann, the mayor of the city, the project is nearly complete, especially on the east end close to Lincoln School.
“The city’s portion of that project is about 95 percent done. The (Lincoln) school’s part of it is done. There is the landscaping that needs to be done at the Lincoln School end – just filling in around the concrete that was poured.
“George Avenue is open now from Third Street to First Street. The corner is open between George Avenue and Second Street. But Second Street going south one block is still closed,” he explained.
“I still have to find out from the school what their schedule is for re-laying the curb.”
The city still has to make some decisions. “We have some work to do on the street and we have not decided if there is going to be much with that this winter or if that will wait until spring,” the mayor said.
For most of the residents, the inconvenience created over the past few weeks by the construction is over, the mayor noted.
The project was to make repairs and handle drainage from the north end of the football field next to the high school to nearby Lincoln School property.
City workers started cutting through the asphalt Oct. 15 just west of the Lincoln School property and was planned to take about three weeks.
“The excavation will be on the south side of the street,” the mayor said when the project started. “We will dig and place the drainpipe, then cover that as we go,” he said.
During construction, disruption of traffic was considered as part of the planning, with the city and school district coordinating the work to mitigate it, including rerouting the drop off and loading of students at the school.