Effective Monday, March 18, work will resume on the St. Joseph Street road construction project.  Work was suspended last November for the winter season.

Contractor crews from J.V. Bailey Co. Inc. will be conducting concrete and road repair work and City crews will be replacing water valves on St. Joseph Street from West Boulevard to Third Street.  Lane closures during this phase of the multi-phase project will include the two south lanes and parking spaces.  Message boards have been placed near the affected area to alert drivers of the pending traffic impacts.  Officials with the contractor and the City are also visiting with business owners and residents within the affected area leading up to the restart of the project.

“Work on this massive project was suspended last November for the holidays and winter season,” said City Engineer Roger Hall.  “We are getting the word out now to affected businesses, residents and drivers that the final phase of the project will begin shortly and it’s anticipated work will be completed by Memorial Day weekend.”

Once the project resumes, Hall asks drivers to use caution when driving in the construction area and to allow extra time to reach their destinations or seek alternate routes to reach their destinations.

The St. Joseph Street phase is part of a downtown project that also included similar work on Main Street, which has been completed.  The project work is the first major work in the downtown core area since the early 1990s.  Anticipated completion of the project is May 24.