The City of Dodge City’s Central Ave Reconstruction project is scheduled to start Monday, July 9.

This project will be divided in to various phases of construction.

Phase 1 of the project will be to connect the new waterline to the existing waterline in the intersection of Central Avenue and Comanche Street.

To accomplish this the intersection will be closed for approximately two weeks.

Subsequent phases are approximately the length of one block and will take an estimated two months to complete the work for each phase.

"We plan to complete Phases 1 through 7 by mid-March, which will put us at Oak Street and the north side of Central Elementary," said Ryan Scott, Construction Manager for Building Solutions. "Once we have completed through to Phase 7, we will shut down construction until school is out for the summer months."

Central Avenue will be closed to through traffic where construction is taking place.

However during Phase 1; businesses along Central Avenue will be accessible, and detour routes have been established.

"Due to the length of the project, media releases will be sent out periodically as work progresses with the phases," said Abbey Martin, Public Information Specialist for the City of Dodge City. "The best way to get more frequent updates will be to follow the City on Facebook or subscribe to our weekly Community Newsletter through our website."

A preliminary schedule is available to view, though keep in mind is subject to change.

All phases of construction will consist of (in order): Setting up of traffic control to close the selected block(s) of Central Avenue; Removal of previously selected trees; Removal of brick street, concrete sidewalks and driveways; Excavation and installation of new sewer and water lines; Placement of new subgrade; Placement of new curb and gutter; Placement of new driveways and sidewalks and placement of new street paving.

For more information or questions please contact Building Solutions, LLC at 620-225-1199 or City Of Dodge City Engineering department at 620-225-8106.

Detour route for Phase 1: South bound traffic on Central Avenue wanting to go east on Comanche Street: Turn Left on West La Mesa Drive; Take West La Mesa Drive to Avenue A. and take Avenue A to Comanche Street.

South bound traffic on Central Avenue wanting to go west on Comanche Street: Turn right on Morgan Boulevard; Take Morgan Boulevard to 1st Avenue and take 1st Avenue to Comanche Street.

North bound Traffic on Central Avenue wanting to go east on Comanche Street: Turn right on Magnolia Street; Take Magnolia Street to Avenue A and take Avenue A to Comanche Street.

North bound Traffic on Central Avenue wanting to go West on Comanche Street: Turn Left on Mulberry Street; Take Mulberry Street to 2nd Avenue and take 2nd Avenue to Comanche Street.

North bound Traffic on Central Avenue wanting to continue North on Central Avenue: Turn right on Magnolia Street; Take Magnolia Street to Avenue A; Take Avenue A to Comanche Street; Continue north on Avenue A to West La Mesa Drive; Turn Left on west La Mesa Drive and take West La Mesa Drive to Central Avenue.

West bound Traffic on Comanche Street wanting to go North on Central Avenue: Turn Right on Avenue A; Take west Avenue A. to West La Mesa Drive; Turn left on west La Mesa Drive and Take west La Mesa Drive to Central Avenue.

West bound Traffic on Comanche Street wanting to go continue West on Comanche Street: Turn Right on Avenue A; Take Avenue A. to west La Mesa Drive; Turn left on west La Mesa Drive; Take west La Mesa Drive to Central Avenue; Cross Central Avenue onto Morgan Boulevard; Take Morgan Boulevard to 1st Avenue; Turn left on 1st Avenue and take 1st Avenue to Comanche Street.

East bound Traffic on Comanche Street wanting to go North on Central Avenue: Turn left on 1st Avenue; Take 1st Avenue to Morgan Boulevard; Turn right on Morgan Boulevard and take Morgan Boulevard to Central Avenue.

East bound Traffic on Comanche Street wanting to continue East on Comanche Street: Turn right on 1st Avenue; Take 1st Avenue to Magnolia Street; Turn left on Magnolia Street; Take Magnolia Street to Avenue A; Turn left on Avenue A and take Avenue A to Comanche Street.