Mill St. detours to begin |

Mill St. detours to begin

John HartManuel Bros. Inc. worker Clint Jones holds the string (left) as Rodney Fulfer paints lines Monday for a backhoe operator to follow near the Swiss House Restaurant.
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Expect to run into detours If you drive down Mill Street on the south edge of Grass Valley in the next few months.

Construction crews started work this week along Mill Street from French Avenue to Neal Street, digging trenches for burying the electrical, television, and telephone cables that now hang over the street. They will also install new gas pipes.

The overhanging wires will be installed underground in mid-2003.

Drivers heading downtown on Mill Street will have to detour onto French Avenue to Brighton Street, and then to Walsh Street.

“Watch for the signs,” advises Phil Sabatino, public works inspector for the city.

Duane Fureby, a superintendent for Manuel Bros., Inc. of Grass Valley, the contractor hired by the city to dig and backfill the trenches, expects that many drivers will be unhappy. They will get used to the detours, he predicted.

The work is the second phase of a $2.5 million project to improve Mill Street from French Avenue to Neal Street, a one-mile stretch often considered the gateway to downtown. The project is scheduled to be completed Feb. 2, 2003, with most of the work completed by November.

Repairs to the water and sewer lines on Mill Street were completed earlier this year.

The third and final phase – which should begin next year – entails the construction of new sidewalks and the repaving of Mill Street.

Detours should be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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