SUPERIOR - Construction on Tower Avenue is slightly behind schedule after getting off to a rough start due to the late Spring.
Crews are working hard to catch up and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said Thursday they still hope to finish by October as planned.
After tearing up Tower Avenue from 3rd Street to Belknap Avenue, utility crews are now working on putting in new water and storm sewers.
Next, they’ll put in new pavement and crews will start putting in new sidewalks the last week of July.
The project got off to a slow start, but everybody is excited about the amount of progress.
“A little bit behind what the contractor initially anticipated, but things are going pretty well. Progressing from the north end here at 3rd Street, working our way south. Underground utilities are going first,” Brendan Dirkes, project manager of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, said.
“It’s interesting to see the progress that’s occurring up front and we’re just excited once it’s completed. I think it’ll be a really nice facelift for Superior,” Anna Lopez-Krueger, of Engwall’s Florists, a business on Tower Avenue, said.
The Wisconsin DOT is required to have Tower Avenue open to traffic by mid-October, but they’re hopeful they’ll actually be done before that deadline.
The DOT said after construction is complete, crews will still be working on some decorative touches.