Impacts minimal as Big H project winds down

By Observer staff October 31, 2012 01:10 pm

The City of La Grande said this week that the Big H streetscape project downtown is winding down and that project impacts are minimal now.

In its update for Oct. 29-Nov. 2, the city said the most significant impact area for the next two or three weeks will be the sidewalk on the east side of Elm Street between Adams Avenue and the alley south of Adams. This area is being reconstructed.

Also this week, finish work on the accent wall on Adams near Sterling Bank is continuing. In other work, the contractor will pour the stamped colored concrete in various parts of the project area. The sidewalk on the east side of Elm north of Adams will be closed for the week.

In more project news, the city said new street trees are scheduled to be installed in early November. The trees need to be installed once they are fully dormant.

New street and pedestrian lights are scheduled to be installed in early November. The lights are being custom-made, and the manufacturer has indicated a ship date of Nov. 2

The city said all concrete needs to be protected long after it is initially installed. Cold weather can damage concrete.

To avoid damage, people should not use de-icers as a method of dealing with ice. De-icers cause the concrete to flake and peel. Sand or kitty litter should be used since it is harmless to the concrete surface.

The city said property owners are responsible for maintaining and replacing damaged sidewalks.