UPDATE: July 6, 2018
2nd Street (Mulberry to Mad Creek) - Work on the 2nd Street storm sewer has been suspended due to high ground water levels but should resume next week as the Mississippi River continues to recede.
KE Flatwork indicated that the 60 inch storm pipe that was bored under the railroad track is filled with water and the continued high water table made it unsafe for crews as they work to replace the storm sewer from the railroad crossing east towards Mad Creek.
The delay in the underground work will also delay the closing of the Oak Street intersection with 2nd Street which is the next phase in the reconstruction project. KE Flatwork had hoped to close the intersection on July 16 but that date has been pushed back to July 23, weather permitting.
The section of 2nd Street from Orange to just west of Oak Street has been completed except for landscaping, brickwork, and signage installation. The Oak Street intersection will be closed for two months with the entire 2nd Street project from just west of Orange Street to Mad Creek completed by Nov. 12.
A final walk through and completion of punch list along the reconstructed section of 2nd Street will be the last step before the street is reopened to all traffic in mid-November.
Work began Monday, April 9, 2018, on reconstruction of 2nd Street from the intersection with Mulberry Avenue to the flood gate at Mad Creek. The work is being done in four stages with traffic rerouted around the construction zone using 5th Street or Washington Street.
The detour for this construction zone will take west bound traffic off the Iowa 92 bridge over the Mississippi River east to Park Avenue and then to either 5th Street or Washington Street, depending on travel plans.
(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.
Mississippi Drive (Sycamore to Mulberry) - The driving lanes have been poured and the median concrete work completed Friday (July 6) afternoon as work progressed on the Mississippi Drive Corridor Reconstruction Project (MDCRP).
KE Flatwork still has quite a bit of work to do at the Cedar Street intersection and is waiting for Canadian Pacific (CP) approval for and the installation of additional panels for the sidewalks across the railroad crossing. Muscatine Power & Water (MPW) is also waiting on the completion of the crossing and sidewalks at the intersection to complete installing the new traffic control devices.
During the meantime, subcontractors should be on site next week to begin placing the decorative brick in the median and to construct a monument at the Walnut and Mississippi Drive intersection. Also on hand will be the landscaping company who will begin to fill in the media area with plants.
Work on the section from Iowa Avenue to the #1 Alley on Mulberry Avenue is tentatively scheduled to be completed Sept. 27. If the weather cooperates, however, and no additional problems come up, this section could reopen closer to the first week of September.
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.
Click PARKING for more information.