OTHELLO — The recent deluge of ice and snow means Othello's Main Street project won't be finished until spring.
City administrator Ehman Sheldon said recent weather has prevented paving the street. The city is turning 18 blocks of Main Street from an aging, bumpy road into a fresh, flat surface. Originally, city officials anticipated finishing in November.
The $5.2 million project includes grading the road and an overlay of new asphalt, plus a storm water system and water mains.
The paving will start at 14th Avenue and finish about 6,200 feet west at the Potholes canal. The 80-foot road has four lanes, a turn lane and parking lanes. Sheldon said the infrastructure is complete.
As soon as there is a weeklong break in the weather, the first layer of asphalt will be laid, he said, with final layers set for spring.
The ground temperature must be at least 35 degrees and getting warmer before asphalt can be laid, he said.
Othello is paying for project with a councilmanic bond the city council passed in February. The city will use its utility tax fund to pay off the 25-year bond.
The city was able to add traffic signals for five intersections in the project, Sheldon said. The city had planned to include the signals if project bids came in low enough. Those signals will be installed in March, he said.