FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will there be work on the weekends?
No, work is not scheduled to occur on the weekends. Construction is scheduled to occur between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday. No work on holidays.
How will construction impact events?
Sandpoint is a destination town. Several annual events occur in and around the downtown core throughout the summer. The City of Sandpoint and Earthworks Northwest are working in close coordination to minimize delays and impacts during such events.
How will dust be mitigated?
Contractor will control dust with the use of water, including on weekends.
How will access to the businesses be maintained?
This project requires the complete removal and replacement of the roadway and all sidewalks. The work will be planned carefully to minimize impacts to businesses. Majority of the time, customers will be able to access storefronts by way of temporary fencing, ramps, and platforms. For short periods of time during construction, access to a storefront may be closed for multiple hours to allow workers to safely construct the project in a quality manner.
Closures to businesses will be kept to an absolute minimum and every effort will be made to perform work outside of businesses hours. The City is committed to informing businesses of any such closures in advanced.
How will the City communicate and receive updates?
The City will provide weekly updates to businesses via an email distribution list. Additional, public notices will be posted on the City Facebook page. Please see the Contact page for more information.
Will there be parking in work zone?
Yes, where possible, parking will be maintained. No parking will exist on a block closed to motorist.
Are the trees being replaced?
Yes, new trees will be planted. Most of the existing trees are in decline due to root constriction. The original landscape plan for them was based on a 15yr replacement cycle (which has been far exceeded).
Will there be noise?
Yes, construction activities by equipment, tools, and backup alarms will create noise.
Are sewer laterals being replaced along Cedar?
Yes, old sewer laterals will be replaced from the main line to the building.
What about long vehicles and semi-trucks (tractor-trailers)?
Vehicles pulling boat trailers, RVs, and other long vehicles which may have difficultly maneuvering tight turn radiuses are encouraged to use Church Street during construction.
Cedar Street is closed to tractor-trailers during construction, except deliveries which may need to coordinate with the business for alternative access. The City has partnered with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to detour tractor-trailers on Hwy 95 to use the north exit.
What about parking?
A variety of free parking are available to help offset impacts during construction (see below).