29th Street CSO Project Update

 Curb and sidewalk work continues on Belmont and Simpson in preparation for final paving. 

29th Street CSO Project Update
Updated June 22, 2018

As we reach the final leg of the 29th Street Combined Sewer Overflow Project (CSO), the City of Ashland Elected Officials and Leadership thank you for your support and patience. This project has been a long and complicated process, but we hope that our citizens understand the need for the decisions made and the subsequent delays. While the CSO Project was federally mandated, it allowed the city a rare opportunity to repair antiquated water lines, and to add additional water lines to increase redundancy to our system, while the subsurface was already exposed. These infrastructure efforts will reduce the impact of future water line breaks on the community like what happened this past Summer after the negative impact the water main break on HWY 23 had on thousands of customers.

Update: On May 24th, 2018, Ashland City Commissioners approved an extension for the 29th Street CSO to encompass work completed to add new water line infrastructure. This addition extended the timeline for the project into July 2018.

Paving is expected to begin on Simpson, Powell and Lookout on June 29th 2018.

29th Street/Belmont CSO and Water Infrastructure Project
Timelines are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.                              

Project Activity
December 2017 – March 2018
Construction of new sidewalks continues between Lexington and Belmont. Two-way traffic on 29th between Lexington and Belmont is maintained during this period, however short duration closures may occur to accommodate construction equipment. Advisory speed limit will be lowered to 10 mph.

March - April 2018
During this timeframe 29th Street will be closed for approximately 6 – 8 weeks between Belmont and Forest Avenue for the installation of storm sewers, new waterline infrastructure and street paving.

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The below number correlates with the above map.

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√   1. The intersection of 29th Street and Forest Avenue will close beginning March 5th, 2018, while crews install storm drains.

    2. Upon completion of the 29th and Forest intersection, crews will move to the 1000 Block of 29th Street to install a sewer line across the road. Estimated total 29th street closure time frame is 10-14 days. Through traffic will not be allowed during this period. However, local residents will have access to their property and Belmont Street will be open to through traffic.

    3. Directly following the above closure, the intersection of 29th and Belmont will be closed for 2-3 days for storm line and water line installation. Belmont will reopen following this intersection work.

√   4. Sewer line installation is complete on 29th Street. New water lines will be installed and connected to service lines beginning April 16th 2018. This portion of the project will take approximately 1 week; 29th Street will remain closed for this installation, Belmont will remain open.

   5. Following the water line installation in step 4, 29th Street will reopen to through traffic. Portions of Belmont Street will have intermittent closures for approximately 3 weeks to complete installation of new sewer and water line infrastructure across Belmont at Geiger, curb inlays and trenchpatch.

 6. Belmont will reopen to traffic with intermittent single-lane closures for final curb work and cement pouring.

→ Final sidewalk/cement work, punchlist work, and paving will be completed by mid-July per the approved schedule extension. 

The above provides residents and businesses our most current timeline. This timeline assumes that the weather does not cause additional delays. 

Paving Schedule:

The paving schedule is dependent on the asphalt plant opening, which historically does not occur until there is no longer a chance of below-freezing temperatures. 

Final paving of Simpson and Belmont will begin directly following water line work. One-way traffic and flagging is anticipated with potential closures. The full rebuild of 29th street road surface from curb to curb between Carter and Belmont. One-way traffic and flagging is anticipated with potential closures.