Since I'm the one who raised hopes for a scheduled paving on Albert St. beginning July 15, I'd like to address the delay being discussed and the ongoing closure of Albert St.
The short version is that the City was notified by Century Construction on July 18 that the mobilization date for the paving of Albert St. had been set back to August 30. In my earlier post of July 8, I delivered the freshest information available to us from the paving contractor. We continue to try and negotiate an earlier start date.
Meanwhile, our Public Works staff, the City Council and I all agree that opening Albert St. would create an unacceptable liability for Miles City and add unnecessary costs to the project so we've determined that Albert St. will remain closed until the the paving is completed in September. We do acknowledge that the additional delay creates a real inconvenience for those who would otherwise regularly use Albert St.
I wish I had better news but we're really at the mercy of a very few paving contractors willing to bid small urban projects. If there's a change of schedule, I'll keep you posted.