OTTUMWA — Another round of road construction is set to begin in Ottumwa, but, hopefully, most of it will be completed for the holiday season.
The final resolution for the Quincy Avenue Reconstruction Project was passed Tuesday night at the regular meeting of City Council in Council Chambers. The project will include the portion of Quincy Avenue north of Highway 34, just to the north of Quincy Place Mall.
A price increase was sought after the final inspection by the Department of Transportation reported there were additional things that needed to be in place as construction started. The DOT said there were some signage and other traffic control devices that need to be placed to help traffic run smoothly during construction.
Now that City Council has approved the resolution for the added dollars to complete the project, which was increased by approximately $4,800, according to a city spokesperson, the construction can begin on schedule.
Work is set to begin today, starting with the first steps of adding signage and prepping the road. Since the job is a reconstruction instead of a repair, it will be a general deconstruct then reconstruct project. According to Larry Seals, director of Public Works, it is a “pretty straightforward job” and should be done sometime in December. There are 50 working days built into the contract for the project, so the work could be completed by Christmas.
“In a perfect world, it should be done by the 16th of December,” Seals said. “We should have the main line in and substantially completed by Thanksgiving time.”
The work will require additions to the shoulder in order to keep the two-way flow of traffic during the construction, according to Seals. There will also be temporary entrances put in place for Vaughn and Theatre drives, so there should be no shutdown for those streets and the businesses that inhabit them.
As long as everything goes smoothly with the project, it should be a relatively quick and painless reconstruction job. Some detouring might have to be used by drivers, though, so keep an open eye.
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