Construction updates

New pads were constructed at Lidtke Park with electricity and water going to each campsite. Even the road changed. A new culvert was put in and the entrance was moved 10-20 feet to the north. The tree in front is the one that split the road in two.

New pads were constructed at Lidtke Park with electricity and water going to each campsite. Even the road changed. A new culvert was put in and the entrance was moved 10-20 feet to the north. The tree in front is the one that split the road in two.

By Marcie Klomp
Howard County Engineer Nick Rissman gave an update on local and area projects.

Old Town Bridge
“Due to a glitch in the computer for the steel producers, the bridge is delayed,” Rissman said. Basically it has been delayed 3-4 weeks! The rebar for pouring the deck should have been delivered mid-August and won’t be arriving until this week.

After pouring the deck, there is still railings, approach work and finishing to be done.

The county had been hoping the project would be completed by early October, but with the delay, it will probably be the end of October. Even with the delays, the project is still sitting okay with getting it done in the alloted time.

Lidtke Park
Howard County Conservationist Howard Chapman said, “Thinks are going good. We’re pleased with the work and hopefully, weather cooperating, everything is ready next spring to open the park.”

He admitted there were lots of little things that still need to get done, such as constructing a new well and other maintenance work, but the majority of the projects have been completed. The electric and water lines have been run to each campsite, the grass seed was just planted, the road was rerouted around a tree at the entrance and that road was moved 10-20 feet to the north.

The footprint of the park has definitely changed. It will change even more when the bike path, which comes off the new bridge, is in place.

Paving to Cresco
The timeline for getting this project completed is cutting it close, according to Rissman.

Aug. 29 was spent paving in Cresco city limits. All last week they paved from Cresco going north. By Friday they were near the Granger turnoff. Monday of this week, they turned around and started paving from Lime Springs. Rissman explained, “This is so the concrete trucks can drive down the road.” They are so heavy, it is not a good idea to have them drive on new concrete.

The paving should be completed in two weeks, but then there is shouldering and hand work. It should be open in early October.

Cresco
The County is also asphalting Oak Lawn Road and should be finished by the end of this week.

Elma
A bid letting for a bridge on 170th St. will take place Sept. 22.
Other work in Howard County is being done by the State. Ron Loecher, resident construction engineer of Iowa Dept. of Transporation out of New Hampton, gave updates on those projects.

Highway 63
Earlier this year the shoulders were widened two feet on each side from Lime Springs to Chester.

Highway 9 (Davis Corners to Riceville)
The road has been milled and mixed with oil and other items and laid back down. It has to sit for a while before a new layer of asphalt can be added. The work will take about 2-3 weeks for that 12.3-mile stretch of road. The shoulders will need to be built up, which will take another two weeks. After that, guard rails at bridges will be replaced. Cost of the construction is $6.3 million.

Highway 9 (East of Cresco)
The same work is being done as was done in the western part of the county. With both those projects, culvert-type pipes were installed at farm entrances and some soil added to make ditches less steep. The asphalting of both is to start about Sept. 22. The cost for the 11-mile stretch is $6.0 million.

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