2nd Street Streetscape Project
PROJECT UPDATE: AUGUST 7, 2020
Work on the first stage of the 2nd Street Streetscape Project (300 block of East 2nd Street including the Cedar Street intersection and Cedar Street up to the entrance to Alley #2 on Cedar Street) wrapped up July 27, 2020.
The second stage of the six stage 2nd Street Streetscape Project began on Monday, July 27, ain the 200 block of East 2nd Street. The final five stages of the project will include replacing the curb, gutter, and sidewalks on both sides of the street along with some full depth patching in the driving lanes.
The second stage also includes the reconstruction of the 2nd and Sycamore intersection to match the work completed at the 2nd and Cedar intersection. The intersection work is tentatively scheduled to begin after work in the 200 block of East 2nd Street is completed. The south side of the street (river side) will be replaced first with each side expected to take three to four weeks to complete. The north side (city side) is tentatively scheduled to begin on August 24 depending on the weather.
The 200 block of East 2nd Street will remain open during the construction process but reduced to one lane of traffic during construction. Eastbound traffic in the 200 block will be detoured to Mississippi Drive from Sycamore to Cedar while work is undertaken on the south side (river side) of the street. Westbound traffic will be permitted through the construction area and parking will be permitted on the north side of the street.
The lane restrictions will be reversed once work begins on the north side of the street in late August.
The contractor and City project managers are holding meetings with business owners and other interested individuals from that block at 9 a.m. every Thursday to keep everyone up to speed on the progress of the work.
Since the contract with the City does not allow work to continue past October 1 in each year of the two-year project, work on the Sycamore Street and 2nd Street intersection may be postponed until the start of the 2021 construction season. The contractor indicated that, depending on available time, replacement of the curb, gutter, and sidewalks in the 100 block of East 2nd Street may occur before the intersection work.
All dates are tentative and dependent on weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. Drivers are urged to use caution when proceeding in or around construction areas and to find alternate routes of travel when possible.
These are the only two phases that will be completed during the 2020 construction. The 2021 construction season will begin with Phase 3A and 3B (2nd Street between Sycamore and Iowa) with a tentative start date of March 15, 2021.
Each block of the project is assigned a stage and each side designated either “A” or “B” with work on one side of a block completed before the opposing side is started.
Residents or business owners who have questions about the project, the schedule of work, or would just like more information about the project can contact Bill Haag, Construction Project Manager, at (563) 299-0690.
The 2nd Street Project is comprised of sidewalk, roadway, utility, and streetscape construction on 2nd Street from Mulberry Avenue to Pine Street. Construction primarily includes pavement removal, excavation, concrete sidewalks, concrete roadway paving, underground utility improvements, concrete pavers, and streetscape amenities.
The Muscatine City Council awarded the $2.9 million contract for the 2nd Street Streetscape Project to KE Flatwork, Inc., of Elbridge, Iowa, at the February 6, 2020, City Council meeting. KE Flatwork, Inc., was the lowest of four bidders for the two-year project.
Scope of the Project
The 2nd Street Streetscape Project comprises sidewalks, roadway, utilities, and streetscape construction located on 2nd Street from Mulberry Avenue to Pine Street. Construction primarily includes pavement removal, excavation, concrete sidewalks, concrete roadway paving, underground utility improvements, concrete pavers, and streetscape amenities.
Work will be completed over a two-year period. Bids were opened on January 16, 2020, with the contract to be awarded by the Muscatine City Council at its February 6, 2020, regular meeting.
Several programs are being offered by the Department of Community Development for property improvements that may be used by building owners and/or business owners in conjunction with or in addition to the Streetscape Project.
The programs include: