Roundabout construction is ahead of schedule

LEWISTON, ID - Construction crews in the Lewiston area are working hard all over the city.

The concrete's setting, the lanes are forming and what is soon to be the Snake River Avenue-Southway Roundabout, is starting to take shape.

"This morning was the very first pour for the concrete for the pavement that's going down," said City of Lewiston Assistant Engineer Alannah Bailey.

Bailey said they're so ahead of schedule, they anticipate the project to be finished one month early. Fewer closures along the route are expected as well as the finish date gets closer.

"We will not have any full closures as far as the weekend closures there might be some evening closures in order to do the paving so that we don't like to pave when it's 100-degrees outside," said Bailey.

In downtown Lewiston the FEMA mitigation project that's been slowing down traffic along Main Street is almost complete, according to Storm Water Program Coordinator Joe Kaufman. Workers are replacing drainage pipes to avoid floods in the future like the backup we saw in late June.

"It'll be done well before Hot August Nights," said Kaufman. "And then the schedule right now has them coming in after that to have time to finish up whatever work is left on Main Street."

However, as crews continue to work along the heavily congested areas, workers are concerned for their safety.

A main point of concern is that people are driving way too fast through these construction areas.

"The public is not adhering to the 25 mile-per-hour sign and we would like them to slow down in this area," said Poe Asphalt Supervisor Noel Lumper. "It's extremely dangerous for the guys that are working on the ground."

Crews aren't the only thing to watch out for, speeding tickets and fines double in construction zones.

Both projects are projected to be completed in the fall.