Traffic is still being rerouted due to construction zones in downtown Baker, but the contractors have announced the project is ahead of schedule.
It will still be impacting local traffic patterns for a few more weeks, according to Mayor Steve Zachmann.
“First Street, from just past Montana Avenue south to the Post Office is now open again,” he said Tuesday. But the street connecting the post office with the shopping center will be closed. “Harriet Avenue, which goes from First Street on the south side of the post office to the shopping center and then back up to Highway 7 is closed. However, the shopping center is still accessible from Main Street. But the better option to enter the shopping center is to enter on Monroe Avenue from the south,” the mayor explained.
“It is street by street as needed. They are focusing on Main Street currently. The west side of Main Street is closed to parking as they make connections where they are boring and digging through there for the water line,” he said.
“On the east side of Main Street there is some parking available but it will be restricted depending on where they are making connections. They have been digging down through the sidewalk to get ready for those connections.”
When the work is finished there, the work will proceed to the east, the mayor explained.
“They do plan on patching in the concrete areas, starting on the west side of town by the middle of May.
According to the city, the temporary water project will continue installation along Montana Avenue from 2nd St. E to 6th St. E. The contractor/subcontractor will continue to contact home/business owners which do not have exterior spigots for temporary water.
In addition, there are sections of installed Water Main that are scheduled for reinstatement. The water main installation will continue along Montana Avenue from Main Street to 2nd Street E.
The water main installation soon will be completed on Main Street from Railroad Ave to Harriett Ave. The contractor closed Harriett Ave from 1st St W to Main Street and will install the water main. According to the city, concrete is scheduled for installation beginning May 17.
The traffic control operations will remain in effect on Montana Avenue from 2nd St W to 2nd St E. Some sections of Main Street on the west side of the city will be closed through the end of the week.
In addition, sections of Main Street on the east side will be closed at intermittent times for water service installation.
Near the post office, Harriett Ave from 1st St W to Main Street will be closed. Curb stop replacements will occur on services which are not in working order east of 2 nd St E along Montana Avenue and temporary service interruptions may occur, the city announced on its web page.