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New rough surface slows Highway 3 reopening

Friday, August 17, 2012

Detour signs still mark the Highway 3 west construction work in Le Mars because the new asphalt surface is being removed and replaced.

Le Mars City Administrator Scott Langel provided the update on the $1,058,309 project to widen and resurface the state highway located within city limits.

The road construction project begun May 1 is from the intersection of Highway 75 and Plymouth Street and extends west to the east ramp of Highway 75/60.

Specifications for the highway paving included a smoothness criteria for the road surface that was not meet, Langel said.

Grinding down the rough surface of the asphalt pavement to improve the smoothness was not a solution, he added.

"It was deemed the only effective way of correcting it would be to mill off an inch and a half of pavement surface and to put back an inch and a half of asphalt," Langel said.

Barkley Asphalt, of Sioux City, started removing the asphalt Thursday and is expected to complete the work today (Friday), he said.

"They're hoping to asphalt the new surface on Saturday and continue Monday and wrap it up on Wednesday of next week," Langel said.

Barkley Asphalt was hired by the general contractor for the highway paving project, Godbersen-Smith Construction of Ida Grove.

Highway 3 has been closed to through traffic since May 1. The closing temporarily eliminated one of the three entrances to Le mars from the Highway 75 Bypass.

Langel said the highway may be open to traffic late next week.

"If the asphalt work is done on Wednesday, then the final step would be the striping of the pavement to mark the center lane, edge lane and turning lanes," he said.

The project added right-turn lanes at the entrance to the Riverview Ball Complex and at 16th Avenue Northwest.

Seeding the new shoulders of the highway is a project the city's public works department staff will complete because it affects primarily city property.

Due to dry conditions, Langel said he's instructed the city staff not to begin the work until well into September when temperatures and rainfall might be more favorable to growing new seed.

The contractor's 75 days to complete the project ended Monday, Langel said.

As of Tuesday, (Aug. 14) Godbersen-Smith Construction has been charged $1,000 for each day the work is not completed.

The penalty will be deducted from the final payment for the work, according to Langel.

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"They're hoping to asphalt the new surface on Saturday and continue Monday and wrap it up on Wednesday of next week. ...the highway may be open to traffic late next week." Langel said.

Hmmm, where have we heard that before?


From the July 20 Daily Sentinel article, "Langel said this might take until the end of next week, but he planned to ask contractors if it would be possible to finish the work early and open the highway as soon as Wednesday (July 25)."

Brilliant thinking city staff. Langel, the street dept manager and the rest of his brain-trust have to be thankful that their positions aren't ELECTED positions! Absolutely HORRIBLE planning and timing all around! At least one of the individuals mentioned should be terminated or suspended for their ineptitude on this entire project.

-- Posted by DissentingOpinion on Fri, Aug 17, 2012, at 1:12 PM

And regarding failed timetables,


From the June 7, 2012 article regarding rough crossings, Langel stated that 3 rough crossings, "...would be done relatively soon." This project is STILL not even started.

Based on prior timetables for Langel's projects, I'm guessing this (rough railroad crossings) will still be an issue next summer.

Sentinel staff, a follow-up on this would be appreciated.

-- Posted by DissentingOpinion on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 8:52 PM
Response by Sentinel Editor Joanne Glamm:
A portion of the June 7, 2012 article follows:

At Tuesday's council meeting, Langel reported he'd received a verbal "handshake agreement" over the phone with a Union Pacific representative about possible repairs for the three crossings.

"It would be done relatively soon," Langel said. "As soon as he could free up his Midwest crew, is how he said it."

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