Fifth Avenue project is almost complete

The days of snaking through seemingly endless rows of orange barrels on a section of Fifth Avenue South are almost over.

Work to reconfigure that street between the Menards store at 3319 Fifth Ave. S. and Webster County Road P59 is nearing completion.

Crews are expected to paint lines on that segment Monday to mark its new three-lane arrangement. When that’s done, the road will have one eastbound lane, one westbound lane and a center turning lane.

That section of road was repaved Friday.

The installation of new traffic signals at the eastern entrance to Menards will be the last major element of the project to be completed. That work shouldn’t have any major impact on traffic, according to Chad Schaeffer, the city’s director of engineering, business affairs and community growth.

A right-turn lane at the western entrance of Menards was created as part of the project.

Schaeffer said creating a safer street was the goal of the project.

“We’re trying to cut down on crashes on this section of roadway,” he said. “This is all about safety.”

Fort Dodge Asphalt Co. has a $575,200.60 contract for the job.

In November 2012, the city received a $500,000 state grant to pay most of the project’s cost.