The Ottumwa Courier


August 20, 2013

Construction continues in many locations


Construction began at the beginning of July, and all that's left is connecting services, which could take around a week. Heffernan doesn't expect the construction to interfere significantly with school traffic.

Following completion of that project, Water Works' contractor will move to repair water mains on Grant Street, then East Court Street and finally to Quincy Avenue.

Old age and pressure changes contributed to water main breaks at Fourth and Grant streets, Heffernan said.

"Both go downhill and anytime you have that big a drop in elevation, the pressure increases, so they're subject to more breakage," he said.

Milner Street is also torn up at the moment and is closed from Mary Street south 480 feet for full-width, full-depth PCC reconstruction, water main replacement, construction of a new sidewalk and widening the street. Crews were expected to start work on replacing the water main on Tuesday. The project is supposed to take four to five weeks, Seals said. The project bid for more than $200,000.

Another project will begin today: East Court Street from North Court Street to North Green Street, totaling nearly $500,000. The project is expected to take several months to complete. Construction will begin at North Court and East Court streets with crews working their way up the hill. They will then jump down to North Green and East Court streets and work their way to the top of the hill again.

"That's a storm, water, sanitary and full-width, full-depth reconstruction," Seals said.

Crews are still working on storm and water lines on the $710,000 East Maple Avenue project from North Jefferson Street to North Court Street, which began on July 15. The city is hoping the project will be finished by November, said city engineer Dan Sturm.

The start date for construction on North Court Street from Albany Street to Maple Avenue depends on the East Maple Avenue project, Sturm said. Since both projects are under the same contractor, they'll be timed against each other.

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