Paving begins on two streets

New Prague Utilities workers, from left, Larry Johnson, Ken Zweber and Bob Hrabe check the level of a manhole they were installing along the sidewalk at the corner of Main Street and First Avenue NE, next to the Back and Neck Clinic building. Street paving is expected to be done by the end of this week, and sidewalks possibly next week, as work on 2013 New Prague Street improvement project winds down. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The next step of street construction for this summer was scheduled to begin with the paving of two streets.

            Chard Tiling & Excavating will place the first layer of bituminous surface along First Street NE and First Avenue NE this week. The pavement can be driven on once it has cooled. Residents are asked to avoid parking or turning the wheels of vehicles on the pavement as it can leave marks, especially in the hot weather that is predicted for the next few days. The placement of cement curb and gutter along First Avenue NE was also recently done.

            Asphalt in the alley behind businesses on the north side of Main Street has been removed. The laying of concrete curb on the south side of the alley has also been done.

            Chard Tiling & Excavating is scheduled to begin placing sod the first week of September. Residents will receive a flier "Caring for Your New Sod."

            Also scheduled for this week is the placing of a retaining wall in the parking lot north of New Prague City Hall. During the Thursday, Aug. 15, progress meeting at City Hall it was decided to close the parking lot to allow for more flexibility to work on the retaining wall.

            The target date for substantial completion of the project is Saturday, Sept. 7.

            "I think we’re going to be reasonable," said Chris Cavett of the engineering firm of Short Elliott Hendrickson (S.E.H.) Inc. about meeting the target date. He noted there was a late start on the work due to the late winter and wet spring.

            It was noted that Dozinky, New Prague’s Czech Harvest Festival, will be held Friday, and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21. Organizers were told the work should be done before that weekend.

            Area residents and the public can attend the weekly progress meetings, which are held at 1 p.m. Thursdays in the main floor meeting room of City Hall.