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Spring brings full slate of city street projects

Monday, April 18, 2011

Street construction projects along 12th Street Southeast and Lincoln Street Southwest are only the beginning of the roadwork drivers will see around Le Mars this year.

Construction season is beginning, and there's plenty to do, according to City Administrator Scott Langel.

"The 12th Street project could be the first out of the chute, depending on the contractors," he said.

That project involves cutting down the rise on about one-quarter of a mile of 12th Street Southeast, starting near Eighth Avenue Southeast and heading eastward.

The plan is to create better visibility there.

Langel said construction work may begin on 12th Street as soon as May. He had earlier told the Le Mars City Council that the start date could be in May or August.

Later this summer, the Lincoln Street project, which will expand several intersections along the street to create better turning angles, will also get started, Langel said. A specific date hasn't been set yet.

In addition, Central Avenue will see some work between Second Street North and Third Street South.

Langel explained the plan is to do partial overlay work on portions of Central Avenue that are deteriorating.

"This is just fixing the problems," he said.

In the long-term, the city is trying to secure federal dollars to help pay for a total renovation of Central Avenue, but that could be five years in the future or more, Langel said.

By Le Mars' Little League Complex, plans are in place to completely replace the Highway 3 entrance to the ballfields.

This project won't start until after the summer Little League season ends, Langel said.

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), in preparation for the Highway 3 widening project planned for western Le Mars, found the current entrance to the Little League complex is too close to the Highway 3 bridge. Traffic coming from the west, at the posted speed, needs more distance for sight visibility after coming over the crest of the bridge, Langel said.

"We're moving it to the east to make it safer," he said.

The new driveway will be constructed about 150 feet east of the current entry's location.

Work is also planned at the intersection between Industrial Road and 24th Street. Langel said the project could become larger if plans go forward to expand businesses in the industrial park.

Several drainage projects are also ahead for the year.

Pipe will be added to the Little League Pee Wee fields before the season starts to help eliminate the problem of standing water after rainfall.

Some other drainage projects include one near Rejoice! Community Church where Third Avenue East and Prospect Street meet and one along Holton Drive near the airport, one on 24th Street Southwest.

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