Two weeks ago, the Farmington School District was planning for a worst-case scenario that meant adjusting start and end times at four schools to accommodate construction work on 195th Street.

Now, the outlook is a whole lot better.

On Monday, Superintendent Jay Haugen announced that construction had progressed far enough that transportation plans could go ahead mostly as normal and school start times at Meadowview Elementary, Farmington High School and the district’s two middle schools would not have to change.

“That really is a game-changer for us,” Haugen said.

Farmington city engineer Kevin Schorzman said the difference was that the weather cooperated last week.

“The contractor was actually able to make some good progress,” Schorzman said. “It doesn’t mean that all of the work in that phase will be done, but what it means is the roadway should be useable for the start of school.”

Schorzman said Flagstaff Avenue and 195th between Flagstaff to the Meadowview entrance already has all but the final application of blacktop on it. The stretch from the Meadowview entrance east to Everest Avenue just needs grading and paving. That should be done by late this week or early next week, Schorzman said.

The 195th Street project has been the victim of bad weather in recent weeks. Schorzman said there has been 20 inches of rain since the western phase of the project started. Construction crews have worked long hours and Saturdays to get things done.

The first phase of the project, which included the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 195th Street and Akin Road, is now complete. The roundabout opened last week and 195th is open between Akin Road and Highway 3.

Once the first two phases of the project are done, the intersection of 195th and Pilot Knob Road will close for the installation of a roundabout there and the widening of Pilot Knob Road. The intersection is expected to remain closed through October.