Welch Avenue Reconstruction Continues; Stage 3 Begins Thursday
The third stage of the reconstruction and redesign of Welch Avenue, from Lincoln Way to Chamberlain Street, will begin on Thursday, June 18, with pavement removal and underground utility improvements extending south on Welch Avenue from Lincoln Way to the middle of the CVS/Kingland driveway. The entire project will include replacing original infrastructure that is more than a century old, along with Welch Avenue pavement reconstruction and water quality improvements.
The City of Ames has contracted with Con-Struct Inc., for this project. Subcontractor On-Track will continue with the third stage of construction on Thursday, weather permitting. Welch Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Lincoln Way to Chamberlain Street, although access to the CVS/Kingland parking lot will be available from the south. A temporary chain link fence will be placed along the length of the project from Lincoln Way to Chamberlain Street to provide pedestrian access during construction. This stage of the project is anticipated to take two to three weeks.
Throughout the construction, access will be maintained to businesses along Lincoln Way and Welch Avenue. Parking will be available along Chamberlain Street and at the Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Avenue. Designated delivery areas will be provided along Lincoln Way and Chamberlain Street. More updates will be provided as construction proceeds.
Special features of the new Welch Avenue will include bike lanes in both lanes, permeable pavers and tree trenches for improved stormwater management, and extended sidewalks. The entire project is anticipated to be completed by the end of November.
In response to concerns regarding COVID-19, the City has instructed inspectors and the contractor to maintain a social distance of at least six feet, use gloves when necessary, and to stay home when they are sick. Saw cutting of joints in newly poured pavement and existing pavement for removal is critical and it will be disruptive. The contractor will start saw cutting early in the morning prior to businesses opening hours.
Those in the area should take note of construction activity and allow extra travel time as delays may occur. For safety reasons, please keep children and pets away from the construction zone.