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Wraywood work set to start

Overhaul will begin in May

March 16, 2011
By BILL SHEA Messenger staff writer

An overhaul of Wraywood Drive, which some of the street's residents have waited more than 30 years to see, will start in May.

On Monday, the City Council hired Fort Dodge Asphalt to do the job at a cost of $1,095,778.38. And on Tuesday, a team of engineers and construction company representatives explained the project to about 60 people during a public meeting.

''The entire street is going to be coming out and a new street will be going in,'' said Jeff Schug, vice president of the transportation group at McClure Engineering Co. in Fort Dodge. ''There's no way to sugarcoat it - it's going to be messy.''

The project consists of these major components:

While city staffers often refer to the work as the Wraywood Drive project, portions of North Eighth Street and 15th Avenue North are included.

The 10-foot wide sidewalk generated the most questions and concerns during the hourlong session Tuesday. Schug acknowledged that earlier plans showed the sidewalk on the south side of the road, but the most recent version places part of it on the north and west sides. Part of the sidewalk had to be moved across the street because there wasn't room for it on part of the south side, he said.

He said the sidewalk is 10 feet wide to comply with regional standards for trails.

Residents won't have to clear snow from the entire 10-foot width of the sidewalk in front of their houses, according to City Engineer Chad Schaeffer. He said clearing a 5-foot-wide section, roughly equal to the width of a standard sidewalk, will be sufficient.

The project will be done in phases so that the entire street isn't ripped up at once.

''We'll be in and out as quick as we can,'' said Greg Estlund, a supervisor for Fort Dodge Asphalt.

To ensure mail delivery while the work is underway, all mailboxes will be relocated to one spot, according to Schug. He added that residents will have to haul their garbage to one collection point.

Contact Bill Shea at (515) 573-2141 or



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