New Prague street work rolls on

Crews from Chard Tiling & Excavating lay the first layer of bituminous surface on Central Avenue N on Monday, July 22. The street and the parking lot south of New Prague City Hall will be open to the public for use later this week. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

Within a 24-hour period, one New Prague street neared completion and another was starting to have work done on it.

On Monday, July 22, crews from Chard Tiling & Excavating, contractor for the project, put down the first layer of bituminous surface on the south end of Central Avenue N. The morning of Tuesday, July 23, crews from the company began tearing up the surface of First Avenue NE to begin utility work and replace the street.

According to Gary Lauwagie, resident project representative, residents on First Avenue NE will have access to their driveways and homes.

Besides laying pavement on Central Avenue N, crews also did the south parking lot of New Prague City Hall. Once a steamroller has been over the pavement and the bituminous has cooled, the pavement can be driven on. By Tuesday there was already some traffic on Central Avenue.

The recent hot weather has slowed some of the work. Among the work affected is the pouring of sidewalks in the work areas. Also, crews will be waiting to lay topsoil until both daytime and evening temperatures are cooler. After the laying of the new sod, the contractor will be watering it for the first 30 days. After that time period it is up to the homeowner to water it.

Area residents who received topsoil during last year’s street work should make sure they are watering the sod or they may lose it due to the summer heat.