Weather permitting, work will begin October 4 on Highway 83 in Valentine. Paulsen, Inc. of Cozad has the $8.3 million contract and the $1.68 million Valentine utilities contract. Work includes grading, utilities, concrete pavement, culverts, electrical and seeding.
Work this fall will focus on Cherry Street improvements to accommodate detoured traffic when work begins in the spring on Highway 83 on Main Street in Valentine. A public information meeting will be held prior to construction starting on Main Street to go over phasing and scheduling details.
Work on Cherry Street includes widening intersection radiuses where Cherry Street intersects with Highway 20 and Highway 83 and minor storm sewer work and repairs to concrete pavement. Expect temporary closures on portions of Cherry Street to allow for this work. Anticipated completion of Cherry Street detour preparation is December 1. Work on Main St. is expected to begin in the spring of 2022. The construction is expected to be split into three sections over the two year construction project. Two/thirds of Main Street should remain open to business at all times.
Sidewalks, curb and gutter and street surface will all be removed and replaced along with new street lights, traffic signals and bump outs.
Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously in and near work zones, to buckle up, and to put phones down.