Resurfacing work on Denmark Road will be completed later than expected due to a conflict with the installation of utilities.
That means lane closures and detoured traffic could extend into September.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann Monday told members of the personnel, finance and public works committee that the contractor, KJ Unnerstall, has left the site while AT&T installs lines to a new cellphone tower on Denmark Road.
Because both crews were working along the same stretch of the road, there were “mobility conflicts,” Zimmermann said.
“It made sense for both parties if the contractor was allowed to pull off until AT&T is done,” he said.
Zimmermann explained that AT&T was expected to be complete in seven days, but the work already has taken about 50 days.
That pushes back the Denmark Road construction project completion, which means there will be lane closures longer than anticipated.
“They were able to work at the same time in separate areas, but they got closer and closer until there wasn’t room to work and (Unnerstall) pulled off,” Zimmermann said.
The project was slated to be completed in 60 days. It began June 23.
“We are very close to being done,” said Zimmermann. “Once they get back on site we anticipate two weeks.”
Alderman Paul Arand asked if there were any repercussions to AT&T for taking longer than expected to install lines.
Zimmermann said because AT&T has “worked well” with the city in the past, the city should not pursue repercussions.
The work is part of a Denmark Road project from Progress Parkway east to St. Andrews Drive that includes relocation of utilities, widening of the roadway and sidewalks.
The total project cost is $1,270,070. That includes a federal share of $1,016,056, and a local match of $264,014.
This is Phase 1 of the Denmark Road project and includes new 12-foot-wide lanes and shoulders. The lanes and shoulders will be a total of 28 feet wide.
Residents and aldermen have requested that the road be widened due to safety concerns. The road is between 19 and 21 feet wide along the stretch between St. Andrews Drive and the Union Fire Protection District House No. 2.
Plans also call for a 5-foot sidewalk along that stretch of the road. The widening and sidewalks both will be on the north side of the roadway.