The Thornton Street improvement project may soon move to its next phase.

That is according to an update that was provided Tuesday during a Leavenworth City Commission meeting.

“We’re getting close to kind of a benchmark change in Thornton Street from the east side of the project to the west side,” City Manager Paul Kramer said.

When the project began in October, work was focused on a section of Thornton Street between Maple Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

In December, work shifted to a section of Thornton Street between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street.

Kramer said Tuesday that crews soon will be transitioning to a section of Thornton Street between 10th and Maple avenues.

That transition could happen within the next two weeks, according to Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald.

The intersection of Thornton Street and Second Avenue remains closed for now. But according to McDonald, this intersection may be reopened May 26.

A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection. And temporary four-way stop signs may be in place at the time the intersection reopens.

McDonald said it is anticipated the entire $4.9 million Thornton Street project will be completed in September or October.

“I think the progress has been phenomenal,” Mayor Mike Griswold said.

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