POMEROY - About three miles of Iowa Highway 4 in Calhoun and Pocahontas counties will be repaved in a project that may start this fall.
Traffic will be detoured through Pomeroy while crews work on the road beneath the bridge that carries the Canadian National Railway tracks over the highway in that city.
Plans for the project were explained Thursday evening at a public meeting in the Pomeroy Community Hall. About 10 people attended.
-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
A northbound car approaches the bridge that carries the Canadian National Railway tracks over Iowa Highway 4 in Pomeroy on Thursday. That section of the highway will be closed for 10 days this fall or next spring so that storm drains dating to 1938 can be replaced as part of a paving project.
The highway will be repaved from the south end of Pomeroy in Calhoun County to Iowa Highway 7 in Pocahontas County, according to Mark Wright, a district staff engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The work will be a continuation of the repaving of Iowa Highway 4 south of Pomeroy to Old Highway 20 which is now under way.
Wright said a contract for the upcoming project will be awarded in July. He said the contractor could start the job this fall or in the spring of 2014.
The storm drains under the railroad bridge were installed in 1938, according to Wright. They will be replaced as part of the repaving job. he said. While that work is being done, the highway under the bridge will be closed for about 10 days. Traffic will be detoured through Pomeroy on Third, Ontario and Center streets during that phase of the project.
Traffic will be limited to one lane in the rest of the work area.
About seven miles of Pocahontas County Road C66 east of the intersection of Iowa highways 4 and 7 will repaved in conjunction with the project introduced Thursday.