Streets to close for sewer project

The intersection of East Eighth and Pine Streets will be closed beginning July 8 as a sanitary sewer line upsizing project begins.

The contractor, Nowak Construction, is reaming out and enlarging the sewer line that runs down the middle of Eighth Street.

The north side of Eighth Street from Pine to Main will have no parking for at least two weeks. Both east- and westbound traffic on Eighth will use the south side during that period. The parking area will be used for laying out pipe and equipment.

The contractor will start at Pine and move gradually west. Main Street should remain open throughout the project, but other cross streets will be closed as construction moves west.

A small section of the bike path just west of Ash Street will be closed as construction nears Sand Creek, where a larger sewer line will be placed under the creek.

The project is expected to be complete by the first of September, weather permitting.

First Saturday bird walk is July 6

The monthly bird walk sponsored by Kauffman Museum is July 6.

Participants should meet at 6:30 a.m. in the museum parking lot on the Bethel College campus at the corner of Main and 27th Streets in North Newton.
Experienced birders will lead a trek through Chisholm Park and on Sand Creek Trail. It will take between 1 and 1.5 hours and cover approximately 1.5 miles.

Walkers need to be able to navigate a mile to a mile-and-a-half of mostly wood-chip trail and unpaved road. Terrain is sometimes steep or sloping. Binoculars are helpful, but not required.

The bird walks happen the first Saturday morning of most months, and everyone is welcome.