The firm redoing Empire Avenue has assigned a new team of managers to the project this year, one of the steps taken in an effort to assuage the neighborhood after delays mounted in 2012 and the project was extended to a second construction season.
Condie Construction Company, based in Springville, received criticism from people who live along Empire Avenue and City Hall officials last year. The unhappy people complained that the firm was working at a slow pace.
In an interview last week in Park City, a Condie Construction Company official expressed confidence as the firm was readying to restart the work. Nate Simpson, a field division manager who is overseeing the schedule and the Condie Construction Company budget, said the firm has a better understanding of the conditions having worked on the road last year.
"It was tough on everyone, absolutely," Simpson said about the work last year. "This has been one of the most difficult projects Condie has done."
City Hall is redoing the full length of Empire Avenue, the latest in a series of major upgrades to streets in Old Town over the past decade or so. Some of the work was done last year, but major tasks remain.
The work this year will include finishing a water line, completing the rest of the sewer and building curbs and gutters. The crews must also repave Empire Avenue between Manor Way and 9th Street as well as putting in landscaping and reconnecting driveways to the road.
The crews are anticipated to start as early as April 15, weather permitting, with some mobilization later this week. The project is expected to be completed by July 5, with the possibility of a June finish if the weather is nice. The project had originally been scheduled for completion by last Nov. 1.
"Construction always has variables. But we feel like we put together as solid a plan as we possibly can," Simpson said.
Empire Avenue will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on weekdays during most of the work. The closure will allow the crews to work more efficiently, Simpson indicated. Matt Cassel, the Park City engineer and the staffer who is monitoring the work on behalf of City Hall, said full road closures are scheduled during the first three or four weeks. At least part of Empire Avenue remained open at all times during the construction in 2012. No work is planned on the weekends.
"We're pretty confident these guys will pull it off," Cassel said, describing the discussions so far with the new team of managers from Condie Construction Company.