While Mission was holding its official groundbreaking for the Johnson Drive project this morning, construction crews were already digging a new sanitary sewer line just behind the ceremonial shovel picture.
Although last summer and fall saw a lot of lane closures and street blockages, that was just the prelude to the main event, which is a total rebuild of the street, sidewalks and streetscapes from storefront-to-storefront. The city gathered at the construction office on Johnson Drive next to Lamar’s donuts for a reception and then headed down the street to get the shovels dirty.
Already work has begun on the sewer line on the south side of the street closer to the Nall Avenue end of the project (just look for the big pipes). When that is completed, the new storm water interceptor work will start in that area. Since the storm water line will run under the street, that will mean lane closures.
All Johnson Drive businesses will remain open during the several months of construction and two-way traffic will be maintained. The replacement of sidewalks and parking will be staged along the street to limit disruption.
Mayor Laura McConwell talked this morning about a “much energized” Johnson Drive to emerge from the project. County Commissioner Ed Peterson thanked McConwell, who is not running again, for her service as mayor. “The best part (of coming to Mission) is all the groundbreakings,” Peterson said.
Renderings of what the new Johnson Drive will look like are posted on the wall of the construction office for the public to come view.