MUSCATINE, Iowa – The Iowa Avenue intersection with 2nd Street is now open to traffic after crews from KE Flatwork Inc., finished cleaning the intersection and moving the barricades this morning. And the opening came right on schedule.
Work in the 2nd Street Streetscape Project has moved into the final two blocks of the two-year project to repair the driving lanes and replace the sidewalk throughout the six-block downtown area. Sidewalk replacement in the 100 block of West 2nd Street began today on the north side of the block. The south side sidewalk will be replaced once the north side has been completed.
The project will complete its two-year schedule with a complete replacement of the Chestnut Street intersection, along with sidewalk replacement and full depth patching in the driving lanes of the 200 block of West 2nd Street.
The entire project is tentatively scheduled to wrap up on October 1.
WASHINGTON-PARK INTERSECTION CLOSED
The east half of the Washington Street-Park Avenue intersection will be closed to traffic through Friday (July 30). The closure is necessary to modify the slope of the intersection coming off of Highway 22/Washington Street onto Park Avenue. While the current slope is within the specifications of the Park Avenue 4-to-3 Lane Conversion Project approved by the Iowa Department of Transportation, the City has asked the contractor to extend and modify the transition area.
The modification will be completed before work begins to mill and put down an asphalt overlay on Park Avenue from the Mad Creek Bridge to Harrison Street. The milling and asphalt overlay will be done in two parts; Mad Creek Bridge to Washington Street; and Washington Street to Harrison Street. The work is tentatively set to begin in early August.
GRANDVIEW-OREGON INTERSECTION MAY REOPEN THIS WEEK
The intersection of Grandview and Oregon/Warren could reopen to northbound Grandview Avenue traffic this week according to officials with the prime contractor Heuer construction. Crews have been busy completing underground work along Warren, through the intersection and on Oregon up to the Canadian Pacific Railroad crossing.
While the underground work is being completed, crews have also started preparing the west half of Grandview Avenue from Pearl to the railroad crossing, and a section of Warren Street for repaving. The repaving on this section of Grandview is scheduled to begin in mid-August.
Traffic is restricted to northbound traffic only from Musser to Main streets and that will continue until the western section has been repaved. Southbound traffic is currently detoured to Oregon, Stewart Road, and onto Sampson before returning to Grandview.
Once the west half has been completed, crews will begin the removal and replacement of the east half of Grandview. The new west half will have two lanes of traffic to accommodate both directions of traffic. However, some intersections will be closed at different times due to the reconstruction work.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and use caution when travelling through the construction zone, obey traffic control devices, and be aware of workers. Use an alternate route if possible.
For more information on City of Muscatine construction projects click on CONSTRUCTION to visit the Department of Public Works Construction Projects page.