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August 20, 2013

Construction continues in many locations

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"We'll coordinate the two together so as they finish the storm on one, they'll jump up to the other to do the necessary groundwork," Seals said. "They'll coordinate paving to where they pave the first phase of Maple, then jump over to North Court."

The North Court Street project bid out for nearly $200,000. The street has battled water main breaks for years, most recently at the southeast corner of Hillcrest Park.

Instead of scheduling construction projects during one particular season, Seals said public works spreads them throughout the year in order to have enough staff to cover every project so they move along quickly and efficiently.

Patching and pothole repair continues throughout the entire construction season, he said.

"We do keep track of material and we have an idea, but we don't count potholes," he said. "There's so many of them it would take more time to track them paper-wise than it would to fill them."

This year, crews expect to repair 2.34 miles of Ottumwa's streets, he said.

 

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