City of Gillette releases Gillette Avenue construction Schedule

The City of Gillette's Development Services Department announces the anticipated construction schedule for the Gillette Avenue construction project. Construction will commence Wednesday, April 16, 2014 and anticipated completion will be mid-October, 2014.  This project will replace the street, curb & gutter, sidewalks, water mains, and storm sewer on Gillette Avenue from 1st Street to 7th Street.

This project, which is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax, has eight phases and will last approximately six months.  Please note that as with all road construction projects in Wyoming, weather will play a significant factor in the success of the construction schedule. 

Click here for a Gillette Avenue Construction Map/Schedule

*Prior to construction, the City of Gillette's Electrical Services Division will close a half block of 1st Street from Gillette Avenue west to alley in order to relocate a power pole in preparation for the upcoming Gillette Avenue project.  1st Street will be completely closed to through traffic from Gillette Avenue to the alley west of Gillette Avenue on Monday, April 14th.  Please plan accordingly.

Construction Phases

Phase 1A (April 16th through late June): This phase will close Gillette Avenue from the Gillette Avenue/1st Street intersection north to the end of the City maintained road.  There will be no through-traffic on 1st Street.  On the map, please note additional parking for Lula Belle's Cafe to the west of the restaurant. Phase 1A map [PDF] and access to Chophouse parking will be available via 1st Street and Gillette Avenue.

Phase 1 (April 21st through late June): This phase will close Gillette Avenue from 1st Street (not including the Gillette Avenue/1st Street intersection) up to 2nd Street (not including the Gillette Avenue/2nd Street intersection).Phase 1 map [PDF]

Phase 1B (May through late June): This phase will close the Gillette Avenue/2nd Street intersection.  Please note: Phase 1B cannot begin until the Gillette Avenue/1st Street intersection has re-opened, as traffic will be diverted to 1st Street from 2nd Street while the Gillette Avenue/2nd Street intersection is closed.  Also please note: it is anticipated the Gillette Avenue/2nd Street intersection will be open for the Fourth of July Parade. A Phase 1B map will be released at a later date.

Phase 2 (Late May through late July): This phase will close Gillette Avenue from 2nd Street to 3rd Street (not including the Gillette Avenue/2nd Street and Gillette Avenue 3rd Street intersections).  A Phase 2 map will be released at a later date.

Phase 3 (Late June through late August): This phase will close Gillette Avenue from 3rd Street (including the Gillette Avenue/3rd Street intersection) up to 4th Street (not including the Gillette Avenue/4th Street intersection).  A Phase 3 map will be released at a later date.

Phase 4 (Late August through early October): This phase will close Gillette Avenue from 6th Street (including the Gillette Avenue/6th Street intersection) up to 7th Street (not including the Gillette Avenue/7th Street) intersection.  A Phase 4 map will be released at a later date.

Phase 4A (Early July through late July): This phase will close the Gillette Avenue/7th Street intersection.  Please note: This phase will be complete by August 1st - before school begins in the Fall.  A Phase 4A map will be released at a later date.

Phase 5 (Mid July through late August): This phase will close Gillette Avenue from the Gillette Avenue/4th Street intersection to 5th Street (not including the Gillette Avenue/5th Street intersection).  A Phase 5 map will be released at a later date.

Phase 6 (Early August through late September): This phase will close Gillette Avenue from 5th Street (including the Gillette Avenue/5th Street intersection) to 6th Street (not including the Gillette Avenue/6th Street intersection).  A Phase 6 map will be released at a later date.

Access to all businesses will be maintained throughout the project as much as possible.  There will be short periods of time that access is restricted due to pouring concrete for the sidewalks, street, etc.  When possible, businesses will be using their rear, or alley, entrances as their primary entrance for short periods of time.

Help Keep the Alleys Alive!
Gillette Avenue businesses that have alley access will have signage directing customers through the alley to their business.  Alleys will also feature eight painted fire hydrants beginning May 28th.  These fire hydrants are being painted by local artists, and there will be a Street Festival in mid-September to reopen the retail corridor of Gillette Avenue (1st Street to 4th Street). 

Most importantly, support downtown merchants throughout the construction!

Artwalks are held on Gillette Avenue on the 4th Thursday of each month.  The next Artwalk is Thursday, April 24th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.!

Parking restrictions: The Gillette City Council will be reviewing and voting on an ordinance to prohibit parking in alleys next to Gillette Avenue from 1st Street to 7th Street at their April 15th City Council meeting.  Ordinances required three readings, so if this ordinance is approved, it would not go into effect until late May, 2014.

PROJECT BACKGROUND:
The Gillette Avenue Improvements Project will include the complete reconstruction of the municipal infrastructure and the enhancement of streetscape on Gillette Avenue from north of First Street through Seventh Street. 
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