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Streetscape project resumes



Phase II of the Marengo downtown streetscape project started Monday, April 19.

Con-Struct, Inc., Marshalltown, began removing asphalt from the stretch of Court Avenue between Washington Street and Hilton Street a little earlier than expected.

Marengo City Administrator Brent Nelson said the construction crew wanted to take advantage of the nice weather last week and get started.

A meeting was held Wednesday, April 21, for business owners who will be impacted by the construction project.

Greg Roth, project architect for Veenstra and Kimm, Inc., said the entire project will be completed in three phases.

Each phase is projected to take two months, he said.

Phase one, which includes repaving the one block area of Court Avenue, including the intersection of Court Avenue and Hilton Street, should be completed by the end of June, Roth said.

Phase two of the project will be the reconstruction of Marengo Avenue between Main Street and Washington Street, he said. The project will start after the Marengo Third of July celebration and should be completed by August. Phase two will include the reconstruction of the intersection of Main Street and Marengo Avenue.

Roth said phase three of the project will include the reconstruction of Washington Street between Marengo Avenue and Court Avenue. The intersection of Marengo Avenue and Washington Street will be done at that time.

Roth said, according to the contract with Con-Struct, the project must be completed by Nov. 24, though they hope it will be done before then. Like all construction projects, the completion day will be dependant on the weather, he said.

The project includes repaving the streets and installing decorative brick walkways and bump outs. Roth said there will be no bump outs on the block of Court Avenue.

Part of the project will also be replacing the lights in Marengo City Park and they will look at updating the electrical system that provides power to the lights.

The construction crew will also replace the sewer and water infrastructure underneath the street.

Several business owners expressed concern that the city is putting a water main down each street that will provide a water hook-up to each building. The business owner then has the responsibility of re-plumbing their building to hook up to the water main.

“You’re going to cut it off and we have to plumb it. Why don’t you just hook it back up?” said Tom Sandersfeld, owner of Sandersfeld Realty.

Marengo City Public Works Director Lonnie Altenhofen said for several of the buildings, they do not know where the current hook up is located. If the city hooks up one business, he said they need to do it for everyone.

Altenhofen said there will be times when businesses will not have access to the front of the building when the sidewalks are being replaced. He said they will work with the businesses to help provide a safe entrance from the back of the building if necessary.

UPDATED April 28, 2010 11:55 AM

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