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Timeline on 27th Street slows with business prospects

Friday, August 31, 2012

The push to finish a road in Le Mars' southern industrial park this year has backed off, according to City Administrator Scott Langel.

The $1.2 million project paving a new 27th Street Southwest was originally slated for this fall.

Now it looks more like the road will be constructed in the spring of 2013, Langel said.

"The pressure kind of left us -- there were a couple of prospects for the industrial park that have not come to reality, and as a result, the push to get it in 2012 is not nearly as heavy," he said.

Although those business prospects haven't come to fruition, plans are moving forward to build the road, which will serve several new lots in the industrial park.

In spring of this year, state officials announced a $619,375 grant for the project to pave about one-half mile of 27th Street and a portion of Industrial Road.

The project is a total of 3,200 feet of paving, Langel said.

The 510-foot portion of Industrial Road will connect that road with 27th Street.

The state grant is a Department of Transportation (DOT) Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) grant.

The city of Le Mars has hired JEO Consulting, a Nebraska engineering firm, and has begun design meetings on the project.

"We've gone over the design of the project, specifically how it was applied for to the DOT on that RISE grant, to make sure we're all on the same page for meeting the requirements of the grant," Langel said.

Dave Wilberding, a land surveyor with PSS Inc., in Le Mars, will be doing survey work for design and construction, Langel said.

The design and plans should be done by the end of September and submitted to the state in October, he said.

"The state can take 30 days to approve plans before they become final," Langel said.

Once plans or final, they will be brought back to the city council in October or November to establish a date for a hearing and bid letting.

Langel would like to see the project bid in the fall so the earth work can be done before winter.

"It's always a preference of us and many engineers to get the earthwork done in one season, like the fall, and let it go over a winter for freeze/thaw before you pave on top of it," he said.

Otherwise earthwork won't begin until the spring of 2013, Langel said.

Pushing the project timeline back won't affect the state RISE grant dollars, the city administrator noted.

"We have year to completely comply with the RISE grant," he said.

Along with the $619,375 from that grant, the city of Le Mars will match that equally to pay for the full $1.2 million project, Langel said.

Some dirt will be moved at the site fairly soon, Langel noted.

The county engineer's department is working on two bridges on C-38, and part of that project involves widening the pavement, Langel said.

Tom Rohe, county engineer, contacted Langel to see if the county could use 6,000 yards of dirt from the 27th Street site for the project.

The city agreed, and that earth removal may take place in October.

"It's a benefit for the county, but it's certainly a benefit for the city to have the soil moved off of there by them," Langel said. "About 6,000 yards are needed."

The 27th Street road construction would begin after the county has removed that dirt, Langel said.

City work could start in the fall, but "only if November turns out to be a month that Mother Nature gives us some good climate," Langel said.

"That's always a chancy time frame," he said.



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