OTTUMWA — As students head back to school, their parents and bus drivers will have to navigate around several lingering street construction projects.
Public Works Director Larry Seals said the summer's projects are wrapping up, though some delays have pushed a couple into the school year.
The city's asphalt street repair program continued this summer with work completed less than two weeks ago on Vanness Avenue from North Jefferson Street to North Court Street, Bonita Avenue from North Court Street east, Meadowdale Street from East Elmdale Avenue to Bonita Avenue, Birchwood Lake Knoll from Birchwood Drive to city limits and several alleys surrounding Camille Street.
But the Marilyn Road reconstruction project, just behind Eisenhower Elementary, isn't quite finished. Crews are in the process of completing the school drive, the entrance for teachers, faculty and parent drop-off.
"They've done 25 percent of the driveways, so the contractor is going to work around traffic," Seals said.
The project's concrete work is expected to take another two weeks.
"They're far enough along with it that it's going to be minimal impact," he said. "We try to work with the schools to schedule them. The contractor got a bit of a late start ... which put us just a little bit behind, but I'm pretty pleased with the way it's progressed."
Drivers also need to take their time driving around construction on East Fourth Street next to Ottumwa High School.
"We're putting in a new water line on Fourth Street," said Ottumwa Water Works and Hydro general manager Mike Heffernan. "That section we identified last winter as an area where we had a lot of breaks and ... as a section that we wanted to get replaced."