Asphalt overlay project set to begin on Monday

The milling and asphalt overlay of select street and alley segments, part of the 2021-2022 Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay Project, will begin on Monday (Oct. 25) according to City Engineer Pat Lynch. The six street and six alley segments will be clustered (grouped together) and completed one cluster at a time as long as weather permits.

Brandt Construction Company was awarded the $485,305 contract at the October 7 City Council meeting. Funds for the project come from revenue budgeted from the Road Use Tax and Local Option Sales Tax. Actual quantities for this project will be modified (increased or decreased) to fit within the budget set for this project.

“Clustering of these segments allows the contractor to begin work now and complete the milling and asphalt overlay of each cluster before moving on to the next cluster,” Lynch said. “This allows the contractor to keep working as weather permits and with minimal disruption of traffic flow.”

Segments not completed prior to the winter shutdown will be completed in Spring 2022. The contractor has until June 3, 2022 to complete the contract.

The streets included in this project are:

Fair Acres Drive (Bidwell Road to Crestline Drive)
Robin Road (Bidwell Road to Sunrise Circle)
Bartlett Street (Mulberry Avenue to Cedar Street)
Railroad Avenue (Sampson Street to Schley Avenue)
Wallace Street (LB Trailer Court to Indiana State)
5th Street (Mulberry Avenue to Cypress Street)

The alleys include this project are:

Lincoln Boulevard and Grand Avenue (Clay Street to Jackson Street)
Lake Park Boulevard and McArthur Street (2nd Avenue to Lake Park Boulevard)
Taylor Street and Clinton Street (New Hampshire Street to Hershey Avenue)
#2 Alley (Linn Street to Pine Street)
Mary Place and Orchard Avenue (Orchard Avenue to Dead End)
East Mississippi Drive and Smalley Street (Park Avenue to Brook Street)

A schedule and the clustering of street and alley segments will be posted on the CONSTRUCTION page of the City of Muscatine website when they are received from the contractor.

City streets and alleys are evaluated throughout the year and ranked according to a matrix developed to rate the streets and alleys on several factors including future utility work planned, ease of construction, traffic counts, pavement condition, leverage (external funding), remaining life of pavement, and cost of construction.