The Clinton Street reconstruction project has hit a few bumps along the way.
But construction crews from general contractor North Country Contractors LLC, Calcium, will be back soon to finish the $1.8 million job. If all goes well, all of the work should be completed by the end of the month, city officials said.
Some of the finishing touches began Monday with the planting of 36 trees including tulip, ornamental pear, ironwood and crab apple trees along the street running from Washington to South Massey streets. The remaining work will include putting on a top surface of pavement and redoing some sidewalks, City Engineer Kurt W. Hauk said.
Mark R. Lavarnway, Watertown Savings Bank CEO and president, who had expressed some concerns before the project began, is happy with how it came out. He was worried about the impact on bank customers getting in and out of the Clinton Street branch and the drive-up banking window across the street.
I dont think it was that bad, he said.
While the impact to the banks business could have been worse, a series of problems marred the reconstruction that ended up costing the city nearly $300,000 for sewer and water line repairs that had not been anticipated.
A torrential rainstorm on Sept. 5 caused flooding in the Medical Arts Building, 171 Clinton St., and across the street at Clinton Court apartments. The flooding was blamed on construction crews mistakenly capping a roof drainage pipe that ran underground between the Medical Arts Building and the office building next door at 161 Clinton St., causing water to back up and flood some offices.
Every project has its moments, Mr. Hauk said.
Aside from those problems, the Clinton Street project will be closed out by the end of the month, he said.