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Last Updated: September 25, 2017
- South Second Street, from Oak Avenue to Maple Avenue, will close on Monday, June 19, for curb and gutter work, as well as driveway approach replacement. South Second Street will reopen in approximately one week, weather permitting.The City has contracted with Manatt’s to complete these street improvements.After one week, it is anticipated the street will reopen. It will close again at a later date to complete asphalt work. Those in the area may notice utility flags as the underground utilities are located prior to beginning the project. For safety reasons, please keep children and pets away from the construction zone.
UPDATE: Water main work continues on South Maple. Utility work along South Second will be starting this week, some isolated closures will be set up and affected properties will be notified. Work also continues on East 14th Street to update utilities and pavement improvements from Glendale Avenue to Meadowlane.
Downtown street paving will be done this year. To avoid disruptions to downtown special events, construction will begin in mid-July, and expected to be completed by the end of August.
Reconstruction of Clark Avenue from Lincoln Way to the railroad tracks will be the 2nd phase of this project.The City of Ames has contracted with Con-Struct, Inc. for Clark Avenue improvements, which include new street pavement, as well as sidewalk, pedestrian ramps, and underground utilities improvements. This is the second phase of this project. The first phase, which was completed last fall, covered Clark Avenue from the railroad tracks north to Main Street.Caution should be exercised when traveling near a construction area. As with all paving operations, saw cutting of joints in newly poured pavement is critical and it may be disruptive beyond normal work hours.
UPDATE: The last step of the Clark Avenue Street Reconstruction will begin Tuesday, September 26, 2017 and will last approximately 2 days. Clark Avenue will be closed from Lincoln Way to Main Street. The intersection of Main Street and Clark Avenue will remain open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Sidewalk access to businesses along the west side of Clark Avenue will be maintained at all times.
During this closure, crews will complete the pavement markings, There will be NO access to Public Lot U. Motorists seeking parking spaces should use legal on-street parking along Main Street, as well as Public Lot V (Depot Lot), or Public Lot X (accessible from Kellogg Avenue).Project Contact: Mark Gansen, Civil Engineer, 515-239-5291
2016/17 Asphalt Street Pavement Improvements & 2016/17 Water System Improvements Program #2 - Water Main Replacement
The City of Ames has contracted with Manatt's, Inc. of Ames, Iowa for asphalt pavement improvements along Northwood Drive (Duff Avenue to the west), Thompson Drive (Kellogg Avenue to the north circle), Trail Ridge Road (Westbrook Drive to the north circle), Trail Ridge Circle, and Idaho Avenue (Ontario St. to the north circle). The project will also include water main work along Northwood Drive, Trail Ridge Road, Trail Ridge Circle, and Westbrook Drive (Hickory Drive to North Dakota Avenue). The pavement improvements will generally involve complete removal and reconstruction of the pavement with improvements to the curb and gutter.
Northwood: Curb and gutter work is staring along Northwood and Thompson, direct notice will be provided if access will not be maintained during the week, full pavement replacement will follow the curb and gutter work.
Idaho Avenue: Northwood, Thompson, Idaho, Westbrook, Trail Ridge, and Trail Ridge Circle:
- Trailridge: Water Main work has started along Westbrook, duration will be 1-2 weeks. Work will move to Trailridge following completion.
- Idaho Avenue: Site has been cleaned up and work will begin in about two weeks.
The contractor, Manatt's, is still working to avoid major work during the end of July/beginning of August to help ease any interruptions with students moving in and out of locations.
Jim Gammon, City of Ames, 515-203-0795
Andy Argotsinger, Manatt's Inc., 515-460-0444
The City of Ames has contracted with Manatt's, Inc. of Ames, Iowa for street improvements along S. 3rd / 4th Street from Squaw Creek east to S. Duff Avenue. The project will include pavement reconstruction and resurfacing, intake repair and replacement, repairs to the sanitary sewer system, and improvements to the adjacent sidewalks and trails.
UPDATE: Work between South Walnut and South Duff is expected to be completed on the South two lanes and move to the North two lanes. Paving will continue between South Grand and South Walnut.
Mark Gansen, City of Ames, 515-239-5291
Brad Schwiebert, Manatt's Inc., 515-290-0087
2016/17 Water System Improvements Program #1 - Water Service Transfer (8th Street, Hayward Avenue, Little Street)
The City of Ames has contracted with Ames Trenching of Ames, Iowa for water system improvements and water service transfers along 8th Street (Northwestern Avenue to Duff Avenue), Hayward Avenue (Knapp Street to Storm Street), and Little Street (Hayward Avenue to Welch Avenue). In addition to the water main work, the project will also include street patching and replacement of portions of sidewalk.
UPDATE: Water will be temporarily shut off on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 along Knapp and Hayward, (see attached notice)
Jesus Campa, City of Ames, 515-203-0797
Scott Miller, City of Ames, 515-203-0793
Bill Fedeler, Ames Trenching, 515-231-0316
- The west side of Idaho Avenue, from Ontario Street north to Idaho Circle, will be closed for 6 to 8 days for street improvements, weather permitting, beginning Thursday, Sept. 14.The City of Ames has contracted with Manatt’s Inc., for this improvement project. The second phase of construction consists of curb and gutter work along with driveway approach removal and replacement on the west side of the street. There will be no parking on Idaho Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with limited access to driveways. Parking on the east side only will be allowed after working hours. Drivers should use caution in the area. Utility flags locating underground utilities will be common near the construction zone prior to the work. As with all paving operations, saw cutting of joints in newly poured pavement is critical, and this work may take place beyond normal work hours. For safety reasons, please keep children and pets away from the construction zone.
Contractor Contact Information: Manatt's Inc. 515-233-2005
Project Manager: Andy 515-460-0444
Project Observer: Scott 515-203-0793
Project Engineer: 515-239-5291
The City of Ames has contracted with Con-Struct, Inc. of Ames, Iowa for the construction of a shared use path along the south side of Oakwood Road (Christofferson Park to State Avenue) and Cedar Lane (Oakwood Road to Suncrest Drive).
Click here for a map showing the project limits
UPDATE: Oakwood Trail is open, some site restoration is still ongoing.
Jim Gammon, City of Ames, 515-203-0795
Doug Waite, Con-Struct, Inc., 515-203-6839
Televising is looking for areas that need to be repaired before the lining. Crews will be in the Campustown area until end of June.
- South Campustown will be down to one late but also patch work will be scattered throughout West Ames (5-6 locations)
- Lincoln Way in Campustown (Hyland to Beach) will be cleaning/televising at night.
- One lane east bound closure, Hyland and Ash on Wednesday and Thursday, June 21 & 22, 2017.
UPDATE: Beginning Sunday night there will be lining of sanitary sewers by the City's contractor Hydro-Klean in the areas noted below. The work is taking place overnight and will involve some temporary lane closures to allow room for equipment to perform the work. We are looking primarily at lane closures between around 7 PM to 5 AM. There should be at least one lane of traffic at all times in each direction, however there may be times of limited turns onto or off of some of these streets due to equipment in the area. Affected properties have been notified. The general work locations are as follows:Sunday Night (9/24 into 9/25) Hyland between West and Lincoln WayMonday Night (9/25 into 9/26) Lincoln Way (Sheldon to Hayward) and Ash (Lincoln Way to Gable)Tuesday Night (9/26 into 9/27) Lincoln Way (Hyland to Sheldon) and Lincoln Way (Lynn to Ash)Wednesday Night (9/27 into 9/28) Sheldon (West to Lincoln Way)
Construction on a new raised median and traffic signal on South Duff Avenue will begin on Monday, May 8, and continue for at least three weeks. While two-way traffic will be maintained through this phase, motorists should be aware that traffic will be funneled to one outside lane in each direction. The reduced lanes will stretch from the north end of the Squaw Creek Bridge to South Fifth Street. There will be no left turns allowed.
The South Duff Avenue improvements include a raised median between South Fifth Street and Squaw Creek Bridge, a new traffic signal approximately one-eighth mile south of South Fifth Street, and improvements to nearby driveways. Shared used path access will be maintained during this phase of the project, although access may be restricted in future phases.
Motorists are encouraged to use alternate travel routes during this project as delays should be expected during the construction.
The South Duff Avenue project is part of the 2016/17 U.S. 69 Improvements Program. The installation of the raised median and traffic signal are expected to increase safety, reduce collisions, and improve travel flow.
UPDATE: Work to install the signal will continue this week (we are nearing project completion)
Traffic Control: South Bound, left turn lane is closed. New approaches on the East Side (Wal-Mart, Wendy's adjacent) are closed off. Traffic Control in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot will occur for the next phase.
Repair work on portions of 13th Street/Ontario Street and Hyland Avenue will start Monday, Sept. 11, during the morning hours. The work will be completed in three phases, and each phase will last approximately 2 to 3 days. Henriksen Contracting of Grimes, Iowa, will be repairing concrete joints on the identified portions of 13th Street/Ontario Street and Hyland Avenue. Due to the location and type of work, work zones will be closed to all traffic to maintain a safe work environment. Message boards are in place to give drivers notice prior to the start of the work on Monday.
City of Ames Public Works crews are working with a new material to repair and maintain hard surfaces throughout the community. Crews are using a rubber material to fill in deep cracks or joints in roads. The City attempts to maintain through traffic while construction projects are underway. However, this new method significantly shortens the project time.
Stage 1 of the street reconstruction will occur on the eastbound lanes of Ontario between Hyland Avenue and Iowa Avenue. Additionally during Stage 1, work will take place on Hyland Avenue between Ontario Street and Ross Road. The eastbound lanes of Ontario Street and both north and south lanes of Hyland Avenue within the work zone will be closed to traffic for approximately 2 to 3 days or until Stage 1 work is completed. Eastbound through traffic on Ontario Street and through traffic on Hyland Avenue will need to take alternative routes around the work zones during the closure. (click here for map of Stage 1)
Stage 2 of the street reconstruction will occur on 13th Street, closing the eastbound lanes from the intersection of Hyland Avenue and 13th Street to east of the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge. The eastbound lanes will be closed to traffic throughout the duration of the Stage 2 work, which is expected to be completed in 2 to 3 days. Eastbound through traffic will need to take an alternative route around the work zone during the closure. (click here for map of Stage 2)
Stage 3 of the street reconstruction will occur on the westbound lanes of 13th Street starting at the intersection of Hyland Avenue and 13th Street and moving east past the Union Pacific Railroad bridge. The westbound lanes will be closed throughout the duration of Stage 3, lasting approximately 2 to 3 days. Westbound through traffic on 13th Street will need to take an alternative route around the work zone during the closure. (click here for map of Stage 3)
The bike path along 13th Street will be open as it is set back off the roadway however you may need to through or around barricades to get to the east side of 13th Street.
The bike path along Hyland will likely be closed until Wednesday, September 13, 2017, if riding a bike please utilize the sidewalk between Ross Road and 13th/Ontario.
UPDATE: Hyland and East bound 13th should be opening the afternoon of Friday, September 15, 2017. On Monday 9/18/17 the last stage of the project will start with the closing of West Bound 13th between Stange and Hyland. It is anticipated, weather permitting, that the road should open back up sometime on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
With the closure of the west bound lane it is recommended that traffic use University to Lincoln way in lieu of cutting across Pammell.
Project Contact: Justin Clausen, Public Works Operations Supervisor, 515.239.5279
The City of Ames has contracted with TK Concrete, Inc. of Pella, Iowa for the reconstruction of pedestrian sidewalk ramps at the intersection of 24th Street/Duff Avenue, 11th Street/Clark Avenue, Northwestern Avenue/McKinley Drive, and Northwestern Avenue/Johnson Street.
UPDATE: The sidewalk work has been completed. Permanent seeding will be completed in the spring of 2017 once favorable weather allows.
Scott Shepherd, City of Ames, 515-203-0799
Street construction on the West Lincoln Way widening and Franklin Avenue signal project will begin Thursday, July 27, 2017. The City of Ames has contracted with Con-Struct, Inc., of Ames to widen West Lincoln Way from four lanes to five lanes from South Wilmoth to Marshall Avenues. The project also includes intersection improvements on Franklin Avenue and a new traffic signal.Project construction will follow a phased approach starting on the south outside lane of West Lincoln Way to widen the stretch of road between Franklin and South Wilmoth Avenues. The second phase of the project will commence following completion of the first phase, approximately mid-August. Work will continue to widen West Lincoln Way on the south side, west of Franklin Avenue. The third phase of the project will include work at the intersection and northbound approach of West Lincoln Way and Franklin Avenue. This phase will also include modifications to the traffic signal. Once work on the south side of West Lincoln Way is complete, similar work will be completed on the north side of West Lincoln Way using a phased approach.The staging plan was designed to minimize impacts to property owner access. Those traveling in the area will notice the outside lane for eastbound Lincoln Way traffic will be closed during the first phases of the project. Two lanes for westbound Lincoln Way traffic will remain open. During this time, the north outside lane will close and there will be two lanes open for eastbound traffic.
UPDATE: Reconstruction work is still continuing with the closure of the South Franklin intersection area. Traffic changes include eastbound on Lincoln Way, motorists will not be able to make left turns onto Franklin, and southbound motorists on Franklin will not be able to make left turns only Lincoln Way. Any pedestrians will be directed to the intersection of Marshall Avenue and Lincoln Way. South Franklin Avenue is closed to traffic from its intersection with Lincoln way south to just past the Swift Stop. Additionally, the southern eastbound lane of Lincoln Way will be closed west of Franklin Avenue.
Work will continue for approximately two to four weeks, depending on weather.
Contractor: Con-Struct, 515. 232.6443
Project Manager: Doug Waite, 515.203.6839
Project Observer: Jim, 515.203.0795 or Scott, 515.203.6805
Project Engineer: Damion, 515.239.5160