By Katie Dahlstrom Assistant Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — As temperatures increase so will the amount of construction in the city of Clinton.
The city will pour about $2.7 million into its streets by the end of this year, with many of the projects slated to start this summer as part of the pavement management program.
“I think the citizens of this town deserve it. They’ve had to endure for a long time, pot-holed roads that are hard on vehicles. It just makes for a better quality of life and it creates a more positive environment if your street’s been repaired and maintained. That’s our goal,” City Engineer Jason Craft said.
In the next couple of months, crews will complete the 18th Avenue North project. The sewer aspect of the project is nearly complete with the exception of the storm sewer west of Third Street. For the next month, the city will pave 18th Avenue North from Third Street to Roosevelt Street.
Once paving is finished, crews will complete the parking areas for Wagner Pharmacy and the Head Shed, construct sidewalks, complete surface restoration and seed. The final piece will be concrete patching from Third Street to the west end of the job, which should be complete by the end of July, weather permitting.
Next week, crews will remove the existing surface on Carriage Hill Drive from North 11th Street to North 10th Street and on Oakhurst Drive from Fourth Street to Breezy Point and will pave it back quickly, Craft said.
Crews will start patching the 1300 block of 11th Avenue North and 12th Avenue North as well as install ADA-compliant ramps on the sidewalks this month. Repaving on 10th Street from Eighth Avenue South to 11th Avenue South is also on the roster this month as is repaving 12th Avenue South from Windsor Driver to South 22nd Street and South 23rd Street from 12th Avenue South to Cameron Drive.
Work on Pershing Boulevard also will wrap up this month.
Garfield Street over Turtle Creek will be shut down for one or two weeks within the next couple of weeks for improvements.
The Prospect Avenue resurfacing project should be complete by the end of August.
The 1700 block of North Fifth Street will be resurfaced and South 19th Street from Lincoln Way to 27th Avenue South will be fully reconstructed this summer.
In July and August, crews will complete street reclamation on several streets in the area of 19th Avenue North and North 10th Street. Residents will see improvements on 16th Avenue North from Seventh Street to 10th Street; 19th Avenue North from Seventh Street to 10th Street; the 1600 block of Seventh Street; the 1700 block of North 10th Street; 18th Avenue North from Eighth Street to 10th Street; and 17th Avenue North from Fourth Street to 10th Street.
“Our goal there is to just add enough rock to create a decent enough structure to drive on and then reclaim and regard the surface and then do a double chip seal. We think that’s an acceptable method of maintaining 16th and 17th Avenue North,” Craft said.
He added the project will only take a couple of weeks to complete and residents will be notified when the project will begin.
Surface milling and cold in-place recycling are scheduled to take place on South 30th Street and 16th Street Northwest in July or August. Resurfacing on both of those streets will only cause slight delays in traffic, Craft said. The milling and recycling process will take a week as should the paving process.
“That’s another advantage to recycling projects,” Craft said. “It’s a greener project. It’s a lot less traffic delays, it’s more affordable and it’s more sustainable than your conventional overlay project.”
Craft expects for the most part, residents will not be severely impacted by the city’s construction this summer.
“The most invasive projects that we have done in the past few years or will do in the next few years have already been completed,” Craft said.
The Iowa DOT continues to work on Camanche Avenue, which Craft said would be substantially completely by the end of the year. Another DOT project, the Eagle Heights turn lane from Iowa 136, will be complete by this fall.