Highway 25, Seventh Street intersection project will get rolling early

The work schedule for the Highway 25 and Seventh Street Intersection Improvement Project has been pushed up one to two weeks, City Engineer Shibani Bisson told Monticello council members Monday night.

Improvements include the addition of a right turn lane on westbound Seventh Street at Highway 25 and addition of a right turn lane on northbound and southbound Highway 25 at Seventh Street.

Signal improvements, including adding flashing yellow arrows for left turns, and city entry streetscape improvements are also included in the project.

“We held an open house last Wednesday, and about 10 to 12 people showed up,” Bisson said Monday night during her city council update. “The contractor is going to start work next week.”

Crews will start installing the temporary signal system at the intersection next week, then proceed to take down the existing signal system, Bisson said.

“We are not anticipating any lane closures or traffic impacts next week,”  she said. “The week of April 10, there will be some lane closures on Highway 25, as stipulated, but only at night. ”

Informational signs warning motorists about the project will go up this week, Bisson said. Valley Paving, which will be doing the roadwork, is planning to start construction the week of April 17.

“Before they start, we will have additional signage and message boards to alert drivers,” Bisson said. Also the week of April 17, Bisson said Seventh Street may be down to two lanes, one lane in each direction. “The contractor plans to finish the project  before July 4, weather permitting,” Bisson told city leaders.