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Posted on: September 29, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE: Winter Excavation Restriction

Please be advised that the City of Vermillion restricts street excavations during the winter except for emergency repair work.

Our experience has shown that excavations in the winter cannot be properly filled in due to the problems in compacting frozen dirt and the inability during winter weather to resurface the cut. With wet spring weather, this problem continues until surfacing is finally possible. The settling that occurs creates a hazard to the traveling public. Consequently, we have set deadlines for completion of work in progress and after which no excavations will be allowed unless an emergency exists. These deadlines are as follows:

  • October 23 - Cutting Asphalt or Concrete Streets
  • November 6 - Excavation on Gravel Streets
  • November 21 - Dirt Streets or Grass Areas
  • Anytime Frost is Over 4"

Contractors must notify the 911 Communications Center at 605-677-7070 whenever a street or alley is closed to traffic or reduced to one lane. As long as two lanes can be maintained at all times, the notification is not required, such as work within the parking lane. The Communications Center has routing software that indicates the best route for emergency response. When you call them with a street or alley closing, they can enter that information into the database and the software will determine a new best route for emergency response to avoid the construction. Once the street or alley is reopened, call them again so the database can be updated. It is your responsibility as contractors to notify them as soon as the street or alley is closed and again when it is reopened. Your cooperation may help save someone's life.

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