Reconstruction of La Salle Avenue from Highway 8 to 7th Street is nearing the finish line.

Contractor Haas & Sons plans to finish paving this Thursday and paint lines on Friday, said Theresa Anderson, an engineering consultant from MSA. 

But at least one to-do will remain. 

Shipping of the street light poles has been delayed, so temporary lighting will be used until the poles arrive in November. 

Anderson said a couple change orders led to a $14,000 cost overrun on the $1.3 million project. Of that cost $5,500 will be covered by MSA, due to its own error in design specification.

The Council voted to approve the change order as well as a $22,000 expenditure for MSA to do a topographic study for Phase 2 of the La Salle Avenue project through downtown.

The next phase runs from 7th Street, where Phase 1 left off, to Mill Street (Hwy. 25).

That phase is likely to be done in 2023, though there is a chance it could be done next year if funding becomes available.