The Ottumwa Courier

May 15, 2013

90th Street closed until 2014

BY CINDY TOOPES
COURIER STAFF WRITER

---- — OTTUMWA — Not only is 90th Street closed for this summer, it's also closed until the summer of 2014.

Wapello County Engineer Brian Moore said Wednesday that the road will be closed for a year while Moore and his team work on the road's design.

"There's still a chance for FEMA to help," Moore said. "We're estimating the cost will be $750,000, and we do have some federal bridge dollars available."

When will the road be open again? Moore speculated the date would be sometime in the summer of 2014.

"We dug the hole out to get the water to flow through the hole, and that's it," Moore said. "We made the hole bigger so water can flow through and not cause additional flooding. It'll set there until the project is ready."

On April 17, the Ottumwa area received about 4.88 inches of rain. Moore closed these roads: South Walnut Street (120th Avenue); 28th Street from 48th Avenue to 42nd Avenue; River Road east of Eldon to the Davis County line; Rabbit Run Road; 25th Avenue north of the Davis County line; 118th Avenue Bridge restricted to one lane and 3-ton weight limit; and 110th Avenue behind Valley Village.

And 90th Street from 73rd Street to 97th Avenue will remain closed indefinitely due to a major washout of the road.