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Orchards roundabout project on schedule

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A project engineer with Horrocks Construction told KLEW News Thursday that the roundabout project in the Lewiston Orchards should be completed by November.

The intersection of Thain Road, 14th street, and Powers Avenue is on one of the primary north-south routes.

City of Lewiston public works officials have said the intersection is unusual and it actually functions as two separate, but closely spaced intersections.

This project should relieve congestion and improve safety.

The roundabout construction has been underway since the Spring of 2017. Work includes concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk, pedestrian ramps, and a storm water detention pond.

Also, the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District has been working in the vicinity installing a water and irrigation main.

In a project this size, officials said besides the weather, there are always set-backs that we don’t see on the surface.

“Those included underground storage tank and some underground utilities that we don’t know where there,” said Horrocks Construction Project Engineer Mike Sturdevant.

“So that was a pretty big set back then there was a lot of utility work at the same time that had to take place.”

Again, the project engineer said they are still on schedule to officially complete by November 2nd, depending on the weather.

City of Lewiston officials said the goals are to improve safety, increase capacity by reducing congestion, and provide storm water runoff retention for the basin.

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