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Iowa 4 project planned for ‘09

By Staff | Jul 11, 2008

About 10 of the affected Estherville homeowners attended the informational meeting Wednesday with officials from the Iowa Department of Transportation, City of Estherville and Jacobson-Westergard in regard to the Iowa Highway 4 reconstruction project.

Clyde Bartels, a staff engineer from the IDOT District 3 office in Sioux City, said the public session was a way to plan ahead. He was in attendance along with Roy Gelhaus from Britt, who will oversee the project administration in 2009. They were able to answer questions as completely as possible at this point in time and were able to allay some anxiety.

Bartels said the total cost of the project extending about a half a mile will be approximately $1,440,000, with the city’s estimated share set at $130,000. He noted the city’s portion includes the cost for curb/gutter removal which the city would have assumed in the original rehabilitation plan, 50 percent of the cost for pedestrian ramp installation and the expense for storm sewers which is based on contributing drainage areas. The city is also responsible for paying Jacobson-Westergard for design engineering costs associated with the project. Bartels said this amount is not included in the $130,000 figure.

Both men believe work on the project will take up the entire construction period, from some time in April to October. The entire section of roadway will be closed during this six-month period.

The detour route was highly detailed on maps distributed to those in attendance.

Northbound traffic will be diverted onto South First Street and continue onto Highway Nine (Central Avenue). The detour will continue east to the intersection with Highway 4 (Ninth Street) and continue north.

Southbound Highway 4 traffic will follow the opposite pattern.

The detour, according to IDOT traffic statistics, shows it will affect 3,440 vehicles per day. Of this amount, trucks make up 8 percent.

IDOT will perform the basic driveway restoration work which includes at least 10 feet from the curb for all affected property owners. “The state will pay for this and the street profile will be greatly improved,” the engineer said.

With that, it was noted by Bartels and Woodley there would be no special assessments. “The city council determined there would be no special assessments during the highway project. There is no cost to property owners,” Woodley said.

IDOT officials are hoping residents will have use of side street parking during this time as driveway access will be prohibited. Woodley said there would be no problem.

His presentation included a history of roadwork on this section of Highway 4 south of Highway 9, noting:

n The original 18-foot wide concrete pavement was placed in 1932.

n The roadway was later widened with the addition of curb and gutter.

n The roadway was first resurfaced with a 3-inch layer of asphalt in 1965.

n The roadway was milled 1.5 inches and resurfaced with 3-inch layer of asphalt in 1983.

The engineer said patching was considered but determined not to be cost-effective.

“We found underlying pavement was in poor condition during pavement investigation. We changed the concept from rehabilitation to reconstruction.”

The reconstruction will include the following plans:

n Removal of existing pavement.

n Excavation and placement of 12-inch of modified subbase.

n Construction of 9-inch thick concrete pavement with 6-inch concrete curb.

n Construction of storm sewer lines and intakes.

n Side street connections.

n New driveway connections to Highway 4.

n Pedestrian curb ramps.

n Access for emergency services. (This is a required note.)