MUSCATINE, Iowa – Work on the West Hill Sewer Separation Project Phase 3C around the 4th Street Park area is wrapping up with the focus now moving to the last section of Phase 3C, East 5th Street, according to City of Muscatine inspector Steve Dalbey.
Haggerty Earthworks has completed all sewer work in the 4th Street Park area and has moved equipment to East 5th Street. Underground sewer work on East 5th Street has started between Cedar and Sycamore Streets with that block now closed to traffic. The intersections with East 5th at Cedar Street and at Sycamore Street are open at the present time.
Dalbey notes that as the work moves up East 5th Street through the Sycamore and Iowa intersections, the street and intersections will be closed. The last part of the sewer work in this area will involve the closure of Sycamore Street between East 5th and East 6th streets.
Paving contractor Heuer Construction is preparing West 4th Street between Cherry Street and the park for paving along with Broadway on the west side of the park back to Cherry Lane. Concrete work has been completed on Broadway between the #3 and #4 alleys and from the #4 alley up West 4th Street to Cherry Lane on the north side of the park. West 4th Street between Locust Street and the park, and Broadway between the #3 and #4 alleys will be opened up to local traffic incrementally as the paving and finishing work are accomplished.
ASPHALT OVERLAY BEGINS
The 2017 asphalt overlay project began Tuesday, Sept. 12, according to Randy Howell, Street Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Muscatine. Door knockers were placed on residents homes in the area of the streets to be milled asking that no vehicles be parked on the street during the milling process. Milling cannot occur unless the section is clear of parked cars. No parking signs were put in place on Monday (Sept. 11).
The first street to be milled was Washington Street from Diagonal Street to the River Road. The rest of the schedule includes for the first round of milling is: McArthur Street (Lincoln Avenue to Summit Avenue); Isett Avenue (East 11th Street to Woodlawn Avenue); Cypress Street (East 11th Street to #9 Alley); Jefferson Street (Lincoln Avenue to Fillmore Street); Howard Street (Clay Street to Jackson Street); and, Lincoln Avenue (Clay Street to Lake Park Boulevard).
Once the milling is complete on the first seven streets, Illlowa Investment, Inc., will proceed with the asphalt overlay but that schedule has not been announced as yet.
The second round of milling and overlay will include: West Cleveland Street (Isett Avenue to Dead End); 5th Avenue (Webster Street to Blaine Street); Elfers Street (Grandview Avenue to Dead End); 57th Street (67th Avenue to Railroad Tracks); and,Eisenhower Street (Devitt Avenue to Dead End).
Illiowa Investments, Inc., was awarded the $519,250.10 contract by the Muscatine City Council on July 20, 2017. The Asphalt Overlay Project is part of the Pavement Management program for the City of Muscatine and is funded through the Road Use Tax Fund and the Local Option Sales Tax Fund. There are a total of 140 miles of streets throughout Muscatine that the Public Works Department is in charge of in addition to the alleys and parking lots. Approximately $2.86 million has been spent on Pavement Management in the last six years which includes curb and gutter replacement, full depth patch, crack sealing, and resurfacing.
MISSISSIPPI DRIVE CLOSURE EXTENDED
The hard close for Mississippi Drive has been extended east to the intersection of Cedar Street according to Jim Edgmond, City Engineer. The road closure was scheduled to go into effect Monday, Sept. 11, for an unspecified time.
Barricades will be erected on Sycamore Street at the intersection with Mississippi Drive and on Mississippi Drive at the intersection with Cedar Street. The Cedar Street Canadian Pacific Rail Road crossing into Riverside Park will remain open.
Contractors from the City of Muscatine and the Merrill Hotel & Convention Center are coordinating efforts to use that portion of Mississippi Drive from Sycamore to Cedar as a staging area.
The exact timing of the closure is dependent on the movement of material into that block of Mississippi Drive. Drivers should use caution in that area if the barricades are not up since some material has already been placed in the roadway.