A major step will be accomplished in two road projects next week with Grandview Avenue scheduled to be open to two-way traffic and through traffic scheduled to resume on West 8th Street. The schedule for the openings is weather dependent.
The last quadrant of the West 8th and Lucas intersection was poured Friday morning. Once cured, the intersection will have the joints cleaned and sealed with a final cleanup on Monday before the barricades are pulled Tuesday morning. Lucas Street will remain closed from West 8th to Busch, however.
The final section of Grandview Avenue was completed on Thursday. The contractor will be cleaning and sealing the joints, and do a final cleanup on Monday before pulling the barricades Tuesday morning. Houser will remain closed from Grandview to Mittman and Sampson will remain closed from Grandview to just past the Canadian Pacific Rail Road crossing.
Drivers are reminded that these two streets are part of active construction zones and there may be some lane restrictions as work continues. Please proceed with caution, slow down, and watch for construction workers. Speed limit is 25 mph and fines are doubled in construction zones.
Underground work from West 8th to Busch continues with pavement restoration tentatively planned to begin in two- to three-weeks. Pavement restoration is also scheduled to begin in the next two weeks on Climer through the High Street intersection.
Grandview Avenue work will focus on prepping and paving Houser Street from Grandview to Mittman while also working on sidewalks and driveways in both Phase I and Phase II of the project.
Busch Street Detour – In order to maintain access to the residents of Busch Street, the City of Muscatine obtained permission from the owner of property located at the end of Greenwood Drive to use that private property to construct a connector path from the alley behind Busch Street to the end of Greenwood Drive. The path has been completed but is open to local traffic only.
Using the route from Lucas down Greenwood Drive to the connector to the alley and to Busch provides access to all the homes on Busch during the Lucas intersection closure. Once the Busch-Lucas intersection is reopened, the temporary access road will be removed and reseeded to return it to its original condition.
Since the temporary access area runs next to a ravine, there have been problems in the past with people using that area to dump trash and other materials. If any such activity is witnessed during this period of use to access Busch Street please notify the Police Department.
The City of Muscatine and the Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, wear seat belts, and be aware of construction workers. Use an alternate route if possible.
Click on CONSTRUCTION to visit the Department of Public Works Construction Projects page where more information can be found on City of Muscatine construction projects. An interactive map is available showing current street closures and street work.