A rebuilt section of First Avenue North will include some cosmetic features including colored concrete and brick pavers in the sidewalks, an engineer reported Tuesday.
The ultimate goal of the project, however, is to create a place that's more functional for drivers and pedestrians, according to Aaron Granquist, a project manager with McClure Engineering Co. in Fort Dodge.
Granquist discussed the $3 million project with the board of the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District.
First Avenue North between Third and Seventh streets will be rebuilt in a project expected to start in May 2013. The existing road will be removed, new water and sanitary sewer lines will be installed and a new road surface will be created.
Granquist said the rebuilt curbs and sidewalks will have ''bump outs'' that will help to slow traffic and shield the on-street parking area.
Drawings he presented showed crosswalks made with colored concrete. Brick pavers will not be used in the crosswalks, according to Scott Meinders, a civil engineer on the city staff. Bricks will be used in parts of the sidewalks, he said.
In other business, the board agreed to hear a presentation in the future by Monica Vernon, of Cedar Rapids. She is a consultant who may be eventually hired to produce a marketing plan for downtown Fort Dodge.
The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District is a roughly 32-block area in which property owners pay an extra tax to finance improvements there.