MUSCATINE, Iowa – Repairs to the section of North Houser Street from Lucas Street to Hershey Avenue will begin on Monday, July 15, according to project managers for the City of Muscatine. This section will be closed to traffic starting at 8 a.m. Monday, July 15, and remain closed until the repair work is completed.
Residents who normally use this section of North Houser Street are advised to use the Highway 61 bypass. Residents are also reminded that Fletcher Avenue remains closed to traffic from Hershey Avenue to the top of the hill.
This will be the first of five sections of Muscatine streets that will be repaired under a $919,875 Full Depth Patching contract with Heuer Construction during the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Other sections to be repaired under this contract include South Houser Street from Musser to Grandview, Fulliam Avenue from Kindler to Devitt, Fulliam Avenue from Houser to Green Acres, Lake Park Boulevard from 2nd Avenue to Park Avenue, and University Drive from Highway 61 to Highway 22.
The full closure of North Houser Street was determined to be the best starting point for the contract during a pre-construction meeting Wednesday at Muscatine City Hall. The work involves tiling on the east side of the street by both the contractor and the City of Muscatine to alleviate the flow of water onto the street from several springs located just off the street on the east side.
Work on full depth patching will begin after the tiling is completed, and the road will remain closed to traffic until all repairs have been completed.
A tentative schedule for repairs to the other sections included in the contract will be presented to the city project managers next week.
Updates on the work will be available on the City of Muscatine web site (www.muscatineiowa.gov/construction) and on the City of Muscatine social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).