BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin Editor

egebert@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT - Despite day after day of rainy weather, two major construction projects in Van Wert are still in good shape for completion. The W. Main St. reconstruction project and the rail spur construction for the Van Wert Super Site are both near schedule.

"The W. Main St. project is fine," reported Van Wert Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming. "Most of the rains we've been receiving over the past week or two have come in the evening, after the crews are done for the day. So we're alright."

That project is currently running from Burt St to Shannon St. with another phase coming up probably around the first of August. Fleming said that at current pace, crews will be pouring curbs by the end of next week and blacktop will be down on the first phase by the end of July.

"After that the work is going to jump across Burt St. into our second phase," Fleming pointed out.

As for the rail spur at the more than 1,500-acre industrial site northeast of Van Wert, construction is a little behind schedule, but still well ahead of the projected date for having the utilities for the site in place. Fleming noted that work in the agricultural field is completed, and that is where rain and mud would cause problems and delays.

While these two projects are moving along on time, a state project south of the city may be pushed back a few weeks. A bridge deck replacement project by the Ohio Department of Transportation on U.S. 127 was originally due to begin on July 15, causing a detour for two months at Hickory Sticks Golf Club. It may now be pushed back to an Aug. 5 start due to the U.S. 127 Yard Sale weekend Aug. 1-4. Traffic is planned to be detoured to St. Rd. 118 during the work, which would limit and inconvenience crowds coming to shop in Van Wert from U.S. 127 South.