Street talk

An upgrade of Avenue C that’s been discussed for a few years and an overhaul of part of North 23rd Street are scheduled to be done this summer.

“We’re real close to getting started,” Eldon Rossow, senior engineer of MER Engineering Inc. in Fort Dodge, said Thursday.

Rossow, whose firm designed both street projects, said he will ask the Fort Dodge City Council to award contracts for them during its March 25 meeting.

He and other representatives of the company explained the projects to about 10 members of the public and a few council members during a meeting in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., Thursday afternoon.

Many of those in attendance own property along the affected streets. None of them objected to the proposed project.

“We will do everything we can to keep access to your property,” Rossow told the assembled residents.

He added that access to Riverside United Methodist Church, 610 Ave. C, will be maintained as much as possible. He said that, if necessary, contractors will spread rock on the ground to make the church’s parking lot accessible during construction.

Both streets, he said, will probably be closed to through traffic during the work.

The projects will be paid for with money from the city’s 1-cent local option sales tax, according to City Engineer Chad Schaeffer.

Bids for the two projects were received Wednesday and Rossow said the apparent low bidders offered prices that were less than the estimated cost of the work.

The Avenue C job

Improvements to Avenue C between D and G streets has been on the list of potential city projects since 2011.

Rossow said that section of street will be rebuilt. The steepest part of the hill, he said, will be finished in concrete while an area at the bottom of the hill will have an asphalt surface. The entire street will have new curbs and gutters.

A new 6-inch-diameter water main will be installed. Rossow said water to nearby homes and businesses will be shut off for about half a day while the water main work is being done.

A new 8-inch-diameter sanitary sewer main will be installed. Part of the existing storm sewer will be replaced.

Godbersen-Smith Construction, of Ida Grove, offered the apparent low bid of $494,633.30. The cost estimate was $529,830.

If the council hires that company during its March 25 meeting, work will begin as soon as the weather will permit, according to Rossow. The project must be done by Aug. 1.

North 23rd Street work

North 23rd Street will be rebuilt between 10th Avenue North and Elmhurst Avenue. It will have a concrete driving surface and new curbs and gutters.

Rossow said a new 18-inch-diameter storm sewer will be installed.

Wicks Construction, of Decorah, submitted the apparent low bid of $288,711.60. The cost estimate was $310,001.15.

If that company is hired, construction will begin in late spring. The project has an Aug. 1 completion deadline.