A multi-million-dollar project to redo Lakeway Road is expected to begin this week, effectively restricting the flow of traffic for the foreseeable future, city officials say.
“The work will take place in phases to minimize disruption and limit roadway closures,” Steve Peterson, City of Gillette project manager, said in a statement Friday. “Lakeway Road and business access will remain open during construction but will be impacted by lane closures.”
The project, undertaken by DRM Incorporated, will cost $7.6 million from the Optional One Percent Sales Tax and will include stripping Lakeway Road down to its bare bones to replace the existing asphalt with concrete, a decision that could hopefully extend the life of the roadway by decades, according to Ry Muzzarelli, city development services director, who addressed the City Council in Dec. 2020 about the project.
Sidewalks will also be replaced from 4-J to Highway 59, according to the city construction plan.
Further potential impacts are expected as the waterline improvement efforts kick off with lines exposed beneath Lakeway, which could require water shut offs, according to the city’s statement. Construction is expected to be completed by October 2021, barring any unforeseen complications.
“Construction schedules and impacts are subject to change for unforeseen reason,” the statement read. “Public open house meetings will be promoted by the contractor after construction starts.”
The public is asked to be safe while travelling on Lakeway Road between South 4-J Road and Highway 59, and to obey all construction signs and flaggers, according to Peterson.
To view the current construction schedule, click here.