Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Work on the Main Street section of this year’s Corridor of Commerce of project on U.S. 30 in the heart of downtown Carroll is expected to be pushed into the next construction season with a planned Nov. 19 cut-off date for activity, city officials announced Monday.

The city awarded the bid for the work at the U.S. 30 intersections with Adams,  Carroll and Main streets on June 7. An Iowa Department of Transportation certificate to proceed was not awarded until July 15 — some weeks after the city had anticipated it. Rain this construction season also created issues.

“We don’t want to risk tearing out Main Street before winter and not be able to get it back in,” said City Public Works director Randy Krauel.

Nick Badding, president of Badding Construction, has said he is confident the construction firm can get Adams and Carroll fully completed by mid-November, when the city wants to have detours and traffic regulatory devices connected to the project removed for winter driving.

Carroll City Council members approved a bid of $907,000 from Badding Construction for Phase 5 of the Corridor project, which includes decorative brick paving centerpieces in the intersections of U.S. 30 and Main, Adams and Carroll streets. The plan also includes streetscape work and lighting consistent with the previous phases of the ongoing commercial corridor work. In total it is expected to cost about $1 million when engineering fees and other expenses are factored into the mix.

Krauel had no estimates at this point on the potential increase in costs associated with Phase 5, as the project is known, spilling over into 2011.

The completion of this phase is expected to take about two months and start as soon as possible next construction season.

Confluence of Des Moines — the former Brian Clark & Associates — remains as the city’s architect for the corridor. The firm helped hatch the original plan.

For his part, Mayor Jim Pedelty said he’s appreciative of the patience from affected businesses.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of patronizing those people who are the backbone of our retail community,” Pedelty said.

Following this project there are seven more Corridor phases, which could be tackled one per year or in bundles depending on the decisions of future councils. Krauel said the Court Street project could leapfrog the one in the Carroll Depot Business Center area as the latter is still developing, making it possibly premature to extend the public works improvements into that zone.

Each of the remaining phases carries an estimate in today’s dollars of $600,000.

The phases are as follows:

Phase 6: West Street from Fifth Street to U.S. 30; Fifth Street from West to Carroll Street; and Sixth Street from Crawford Street to Quint Avenue.

Phase 7: U.S. 30 from West Street to Carroll Street.

Phase 8: Court Street from Fourth Street to Seventh Street.

Phase 9: U.S. 30 from Main Street to Clark Street.

Phase 10: Clark Street from Fourth Street to Seventh Street.

Phase 11: West Street from U.S. 30 to Seventh Street; and Fourth Street from Adams Street to Clark Street.

Phase 12: U.S. 30 from U.S. 71 to West Street and from Clark Street to Grant Road.

Former Mayor Ed Smith hatched the Corridor plan and shepherded it through the key first years.