Construction continues

Work on the 2021 Second Street project moves closer to completion

— Daily Freeman-Journal photos by Anne Blankenship Construction on the 2021 Second Street Reconstruction project is moving right along, according to Ken Wetzler, Webster City’s public works director. Crews have mostly finished the mainline paving and will soon be moving on to paving intersections.

Work is progressing on the 2021 Second Street Reconstruction Project, according to Public Works Director Ken Wetzler.

“Most of the mainline paving is done,” Wetzler said Wednesday. “Next up are the intersections, then they’ll move onto the sidewalks.”

Rasch Construction Inc. of Fort Dodge was awarded the contract for the $4 million project in February.

The 2021 Second Street project picked up where the 2020 project left off, focusing on the area just east of Beach Street and continuing west to the bridge on Overpass Drive. The section from Prospect Street west to Beach Street was completed in November 2020.

The project consists of new concrete street pavement, new sidewalks and all new infrastructure within the right-of-way, along with new street lighting on the north side.

The area just east of the intersection of Beach and Second Street marked the starting point for the 2021 Second Street project. Officials said the project is expected to be completed yet this fall, likely around the first of November.

The contract also includes five bid alternates which will not be completed in 2021. Wetzler said those projects would go on into 2022, including work on Fair Avenue from Second to Third Street, Woolsey Avenue from Second Street north about 75 feet, Beach Street from Second Street north to 140 feet, Broadway Street from Second Street north to Third Street and from Third Street to the railroad tracks.

The project has meant detours for those wishing to travel on Second Street west on old Highway 20. Detours took motorists along West Second Street or on James Street.

Second Street will likely be ready for traffic sometime in early November, Wetzler said.


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