UPDATE: AUGUST 10, 2018
A three-day closure of Mississippi Drive from Iowa Avenue to Chestnut Street was completed this week allowing KMA Excavating to clean out the storm and sanitary sewer lines of gravel and miscellaneous debris accumulated during the construction process between those two intersections and video record the interior of those lines, a process that was not completed last fall before Phase I (Broadway to Iowa) was reopened to traffic.
Brickwork for the median between the westbound driving lane and the condominium/hotel entrance lane was also completed by Hardscape Solutions, Inc. (HIS), KE Flatworks completed removal of a step at the Chestnut Street railroad pedestrian crossing, and Heritage Landscaping was on hand to weed and mulch the median planting beds.
Phase 2 (Iowa to Mulberry) continues to move toward completion with the sidewalk on the town side of Mississippi Drive completed and just a section on the upriver side of Mulberry Avenue yet to be completed. KE Flatwork has also been backfilling the medians and intersections of Cedar and Walnut with dirt in anticipation of the landscaping crew arriving on Aug. 20.
Heister Masonry has completed the majority of work on the monument located near the Walnut Street intersection and is currently working on installing the stone for the intersection markers. The monument is a twin to the one located at the Pine Street intersection and marks the entrance to the Downtown area.
The last two weeks of August may see some significant action in Phase 2 with a flagger from the Canadian Pacific Railroad on hand as KE Flatworks prepares, pours, and finishes the railroad crossing into Riverfront Park, and Muscatine Power & Water (MPW) begins installation of traffic signal lights at the Cedar Street intersection and installation of lights from Sycamore to Iowa.
Phase 2 of the MDCRP is tentatively scheduled for completion by Sept. 29, weather depending.
Underground work in the Oak Street intersection with 2nd Street is tentatively scheduled to wrap up this week with Taylor Ridge Drilling arriving on Monday, Aug. 13, to drill the foundations for the traffic standards. Once that is completed work will begin on preparing the intersection for paving.
A brief water outage will occur from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. as KMA Excavating relocates a water main in the Oak Street intersection. The outage will mostly affect Danny’s Sales & Service.
Work from the railroad crossing east to Mad Creek will continue for the next month. The tentative completion date for 2nd Street from the railroad crossing to just west of Family Dollar is Sept. 18, and Nov. 12 for the section from Family Dollar to Mad Creek. The Oak Street intersection is tentatively scheduled to be completed by Oct. 1.
(See Project Detour Maps)
The main detour for the Mississippi Drive Corridor Reconstruction Project remains taking Park Avenue to Washington Street to 8th Street to Main Street to Grandview Avenue or taking Park Avenue to the Highway 61 bypass around Muscatine.
2nd/Mulberry Roundabout - The roundabout at the Mulberry-2nd Street intersection is on hold at the present time. The roundabout design will be completed soon and ready for presentation to the City Council at the appropriate time.
City officials and project managers have been meeting with business owners affected by the 2nd Street work and those who would be affected by the roundabout project to listen to and address any concerns they would have. The next business owners meeting is set for July 19 in the lower level conference room at Muscatine City Hall.
THE CONES OF DETOUR - Two detours were established for drivers to use as work progresses on 2nd Street. To bypass the construction work on 2nd Street drivers are urged to use 5th Street from Park Avenue to Mulberry Avenue (no trucks allowed on 5th Street from Park Avenue to Cypress) or use Washington Street from Park Avenue to Cypress then to 8th Street to Mulberry (truck traffic allowed).
In two areas (the intersection of Cypress and Washington and the intersection of 5th and Mulberry) cones have been set in the roadway. The cones divide a turning lane in half and keep traffic down to one lane. This, along with no parking signs on Mulberry approaching 5th Street, was set up to allow for larger vehicles with larger turning radius to be able to make the turn without damaging other vehicles or public property.
Drivers are asked to be cautious at these intersections and be alert to larger vehicles attempting to turn from one street to another.
2017 Construction Season
Mississippi Drive (Iowa to Broadway) - Mississippi Drive from Iowa Avenue west past Broadway Street was reopened to local traffic at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, wrapping up the majority of construction work for Phases I and II of the Mississippi Drive Corridor Reconstruction Project. The side streets and intersections at Iowa Avenue, Pine Street, and Linn Street were also reopened but Chestnut Street remained closed until March 2018.
NEW FEATURE FOR MISSISSIPPI DRIVE ... BACK-IN ANGLE PARKING
Additional parking for downtown Muscatine becomes available when City officials reopen a portion of Mississippi Drive Friday (Dec. 8). Mississippi Drive has been closed from Sycamore to Broadway since May. The first two phases of the reconstruction project have been virtually completed and the City will allow local traffic on Mississippi Drive from Iowa Avenue west towards Carver Corner as the project shifts to phase III.
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