People who live on a section of 10th Avenue North in Fort Dodge will likely be experiencing fewer detours in their area thanks to progress on a storm sewer project.
But those who live in the Hillcrest neighborhood will be waiting a bit longer before they see any work done on Sixth Avenue Northwest, and an engineer has said it is possible the entire job won't get finished this year.
Repairs to the crosswalks along part of Fifth Avenue South have been completed.
A motorist passes by the construction zone on 10th Avenue North in Fort Dodge near the Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center Tuesday afternoon as storm sewer pipe and equipment await installation.
10th Avenue North
The ongoing storm sewer project will improve drainage along 10th Avenue North east of 32nd Street.
A series of pipes were installed under the road to connect the properties on its south side with a storm sewer on its north side. Doing that required construction crews to cut about five trenches in the street. Since that part of the work is now done, road closures and detours should be kept to a minimum, said Scott Meinders, a civil engineer for the city.
Meinders said storm sewer intakes are now being placed on the south side of the road.
Work on the culverts there is the next step.
Hovey Construction Inc., of Fort Dodge, has a $166,936.80 contract to do the job. The work is to be completed by Nov. 23.
''They have quite a bit of time left to finish,'' Meinders said.
The much-debated Sixth Avenue Northwest project calls for rebuilding that road between Second and Third streets northwest. It will include a new storm sewer, new water main, two additional fire hydrants and a retaining wall to protect a garage at the corner of Sixth Avenue Northwest and Second Street Northwest.
Hovey Construction Inc. has a $304,158.50 contract for the job.
Meinders said he had a meeting with representatives of the construction company Monday, and added that it will be a few weeks before work begins. He said that a public meeting to explain the project to neighborhood residents will be scheduled.
The City Council awarded the contract for the project on Sept. 10. The project then became the subject of negotiations between Mayor Matt Bemrich and the City Council. In a deal announced Sept. 20, Bemrich agreed not to veto the project in exchange for assurances that the majority of the council would vote to accept $711,600 worth of state grants for the proposed downtown street realignment.
Meinders said the delay ''may have cost us the time to get it done this year.'' He said any work done this fall will have to be carefully planned to ensure that the road remains open over the winter.
''We don't want to leave it torn up,'' he said.
Fifth Avenue South
In late August, contractors began working on the lingering problem of bumpy brick crosswalks on part of Fifth Avenue South. The project targeted the crosswalks where Fifth Avenue South intersects with 21st, 25th and 29th streets.
That work is now done, according to Meinders.
The crosswalks were built when part of Fifth Avenue South received an overhaul as part of the Corridor of Commerce project in 2010. The bricks that form the walkways shifted, creating an uneven driving surface.
The company that initially installed the crosswalks - Concrete Technologies Inc. of Urbandale did some repairs last year. However, the company's work was deemed insufficient and Bemrich vetoed a $43,694.44 payment.
Howard R. Green Co., of Cedar Rapids , designed the crosswalks originally and designed the repairs. That company hired Stone Creek Landscape & Nursery, of Fort Dodge, to do the repairs.
Howard R. Green Co. paid for the latest repairs, according to City Manager David Fierke.
The bricks, which are actually concrete paver blocks, originally sat on a bed of sand with eight inches of concrete below that. They now sit on asphalt.