With the exception of some utility conflicts, the second phase of the Denmark Road project is off to a good start, said City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann.
Phase two of the roadway improvements are underway, with crews working to run storm sewer underground.
Zimmermann said utility conflicts are a typical part of any project.
“When we survey, we make some assumptions (using roadway construction standards and measurements), and sometimes they’re different than what we anticipated,” he said. “But we are working our way through it.”
Often, the problems arise when utilities are improperly relocated, which happened with an AT&T line. A water line also is buried too deep to go under, Zimmermann said.
Once the storm sewer is laid, the widening portion of the project will begin, as well as lowering the roadway in some areas to improve sight distance.
The project includes widening, resurfacing and sidewalk construction from St. Andrews Drive to Grandview Farms Drive.
The bridge located just east of St. Andrews Drive over an unnamed tributary of the Bourbeuse River is scheduled for replacement and a “mini roundabout” will be constructed at the St. Andrews Drive and Denmark Road intersection. The bridge and intersection work will be the primary focus over the winter.
Zimmermann said the biggest message the city is trying to convey is to drive slowly through the work zones.
“There’s a lot of heavy equipment right by the road and it’s a congested area,” he said. “Please have patience and slow down.”
The project completion date is April 7, 2018.