CLINTON — Prospect Avenue will undergo a $625,000 transformation this year, taking the street from a driver's nightmare to a polished piece of city infrastructure.
The street will be reconstructed from South 14th Street to 23rd Place. Once complete, it will be a fully paved roadway with concrete curb and gutter and asphalt paving.
City Engineer Jason Craft said the project will provide much-needed improvements to Prospect Avenue.
"Instead of a meandering mess of gravel and potholes, it will be a smooth surface that will improve the quality of life for the residents and the people who drive along Prospect Avenue," Craft said. "When you look at Prospect Avenue, city streets shouldn't exist that look like that."
The $625,000 is being funded through local option sales tax as part of the city's pavement management program. Craft anticipates the project will be complete in August.
The project entails the relocating the water and gas utilities. In May, a new water main will be installed that will fix the reoccuring water main breaks experienced along Prospect Avenue, according to Craft.
Following the water main construction, the contractor will construct a storm sewer that will run from Prospect Avenue to Camanche Avenue that will separate the sewers.
Regrading will occur in mid to late May, Craft said.
The blocks of Chancy Street and Sabula Avenue contiguous to Prospect Avenue as well as all of Wallace Street will also be resurfaced.
As a result of the project, 24th Place, 25th Place and Barker Street will no longer connect to Prospect Avenue. They will be filled in with earth material, Craft said.
Drivers will still be able to access up to the alley that sits off of 24th Place from Camanche Avenue.
According to Craft, the decision to close access to those streets was a joint decision made by representatives of the Iowa Department of Transportation and the city as a part of the Camanche Avenue project several years ago.
"Those streets are not safe as they are extremely steep and hard to maintain, especially in the winter with the snow," Craft said.