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Coping With Construction: What to Expect

Access During Construction


Access During Construction

We understand that access to your business is a top concern. You rely on your customers, employees, and suppliers to keep your business going. While it is inevitable that construction crews will need to work in front of driveways and access roads that lead to businesses, the City must maintain alternate access routes during construction. Unfortunately, this temporary access cannot always be as direct as the access before construction began. In addition, access may need to be provided on a newly graded, interim access road or may need to change several times throughout construction.

The City encourages businesses to use City-approved directional signs and to join together to communicate with customers and find ways to attract them throughout construction. See the Tips and Ideas section of this guide for more information.

On larger projects, the best time to begin communicating about access to your business is during the design stage of a project, when initial construction phasing plans are being developed. During this time, the City contacts the affected property and business owners and holds informational meetings. Your input will help the designers develop a recommended construction phasing plan.

On smaller projects, the City will contact the affected property and business owners to inform them of the upcoming project. While formal meetings are not always necessary, property and business owners can and should contact the City's representative, who is listed on any project materials you will receive or on any posted signage.

This initial plan may need to change once a contractor is selected, according to the resources available to the contractor. At this time, more specifics can be known about duration of access changes and detours. Once a contractor is selected, you can remain in contact with the project manager so that necessary changes can be made with your input and you remain informed.

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Coping With Construction: What to Expect