Work Begins on Caracas East of Nebraska Feb. 13
Beginning Monday, Feb. 13, E Caracas between N Nebraska and N 9th Street will be closed for construction. Work will begin near Nebraska heading east toward 9th Street. Construction will last approximately two months. During this time, residents in the area may access homes from the south and east.
This small section of Caracas between Nebraska and 9th Street is being done early because crews are finishing early on Caracas just west of Nebraska and because the stormwater baffle box for this intersection was manufactured and will be delivered earlier than expected. Once this section is complete, the contractor plans to mobilize this particular crew to Central north of Hillsborough so that construction in that area will avoid impacting Seminole Elementary School during the school year.
Below are answers to questions resident in this area may have about construction:
- I thought work east of Nebraska was months away; why are you starting work here now?
- This small section of Caracas between Nebraska and 9th Street is being done early because crews are finishing early on Caracas just west of Nebraska and because the stormwater baffle box for this intersection was manufactured and will be delivered earlier than expected.
- How long will this work take?
- Work will begin Feb. 13 and should last approximately two months.
- Where will this work occur? What streets will be affected?
- Storm and watermain pipe will be installed along Caracas, beginning near Nebraska and moving east toward 9th Street. Only this small section of Caracas and the intersection will be affected during this work. Once this section is complete, the contractor plans to mobilize this particular crew to Central north of Hillsborough so that construction in that area will avoid impacting Seminole Elementary School during the school year.
- What does this work entail?
- If needed, crews will first install dewatering wells along Caracas; dewatering pumps run 24 hours a day, seven days a week once installed and for the duration of construction in the area. Storm pipe installation involves digging a 13-foot-wide trench from curb to curb; installing a stabilizing trench box; bringing in 72-inch diameter pipe pieces by loader and placing them into the trench; and backfilling, compacting and rolling the backfill as each segment is installed. Next, crews will install watermain. After all pipe is installed and adjustments are made, crews will install road base, curb and the first layer of asphalt. More information on what construction involves can be found in the Construction FAQs.
- Will Caracas be closed to traffic?
- Yes. Caracas between Nebraska Avenue and 9th Street will be closed to all traffic. The team is working directly with the A.W. Windhorst Lodge and Dignity Memorial to accommodate their access. Residents along Caracas and 9th can access their homes from the south and the east.
- When will you return to complete work on the rest of Caracas and 9th streets?
- Work on Nebraska Avenue is expected to begin in late March or early April. Work in the remainder of Southeast Seminole Heights will begin immediately following the work on Nebraska. Residents will receive a door hanger prior to work beginning on their street. Alerts are also posted on the website and emailed to subscribers. We strongly encourage you to subscribe to alerts to stay up to date on the project.
- What work is being done in Southeast Seminole Heights?
- Storm pipe and watermain are being installed throughout Southeast Seminole Heights and vary by street. The project map outlines the work that will be done across all Seminole Heights neighborhoods.
- Will you pave the road before leaving for work in another area?
- Yes. We will apply the first layer of asphalt on this 300 feet of Caracas before we leave the street.