Motorists, business owners, residents and City officials celebrated the end of Staples Street construction with a ribbon-cutting Thursday morning.
The work was paid for with bond money approved by voters in 2008. Work on the five-lane roadway included utility and traffic signal improvements, new sidewalks and other enhancements.
City Council members and business owners praised workers and joked about the completion of the renovation, which was one month ahead of schedule.
"The real tragedy is that I didn't take the bets that were made to me when we started this project, that we would never be done on time," Councilman Mark Scott said.
"Sometimes it hurt us up to 40-percent, so we scaled back to kind of control costs, and we just muddled through as best we could," said David Pyle, general manager of Beamer's Sports Grill. "Now we're coming out the tail end of this, we're starting to staff back up and be prepared for the business that's going to come our way."
As part of the project, Council approved a contractor bonus to finish in about half the time. Originally, the project was estimated to take almost three years, but it took only 17 months.
"We did extend construction hours, which was harder on the construction crews themselves and the families," Councilman David Loeb said. "They worked six days a week on this project instead of five. On many days, they worked 20 hour days."
Not only were they able to cut the original 30 month estimate to 18, but they were able to finish that deadline one month sooner.
In honor of the completion of that massive project, one Staples Street business is offering quite the deal. Mr. Fancy Pants Carwash, which is located on Staples between Williams and Curtis Clark, offered free car washes.
Cars have been lining up to take advantage of the offer. The deal ends at 8 p.m.
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