Update: Street opening pushed back to Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Monday’s high winds toppled construction barricades in David City's downtown, as if to send a message: “It’s time for construction season to end.”

Stores along Fourth Street, as well as D and E streets, may get a Christmas gift of better shopper access as soon as Friday, when the street could be opened to traffic for the winter.

Crews with Constructors Inc. of Lincoln have been pouring the final pieces of concrete during the recent unseasonably warm weather. The company brought in extra crews in early November to make sure that traffic could flow before the end of the year.

Leo A Daly, the firm in charge of overseeing the construction, included this in the most recent update sent to property owners along the highway: “The priority now will be to finish all business driveways and alley approaches before trying to button things up for winter. The crews will work as long into winter as the temperature allows. However, that may leave some areas between the back of curb in parking areas and the existing sidewalk unpaved. We will plan on installing crushed concrete in these areas if the weather turns cold, only to come back and finish them in the spring.”

Residents along the detours will say goodbye to semi truck traffic driving on and around the detour routes. Drivers won’t miss the four-way stop intersections. Although Fourth Street will be open, drivers will still need to watch for construction crews as they work on light poles and traffic signals.

The City Office also issued a notice this week to remind property owners that ice melt and other salt products can’t be used on the new concrete during the first year. Sand and other materials that won't damage new concrete can be used. Around the square, drivers and pedestrians can expect to see excavations to allow crews to begin boring new water mains through the winter months. The resumption of street renovations around the square will depend on the return of warmer conditions.

Here are contacts for questions about the construction projects:

Project Manager, Al Hottovy 402.390.4493; Project Engineer, Jon McCarville 402.390.4422; Construction Observer, Greg Goldman 402.681.9451.

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