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Federal Avenue streetscape update


This news story was published on April 1, 2011.
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Work is again about to get underway on a larger scale on Mason City’s downtown Streetscape project. The following is a general outline of the week ahead, weather permitting.|Work is again about to get underway on a larger scale on Mason City’s downtown Streetscape project. The following is a general outline of the week ahead, weather permitting.

Week of April 4 ñ McKiness
Federal Avenue will be closed from north of the 2nd Street intersection to south of the 4th Street intersection, with only the 3rd Street intersection closed to cross-traffic. McKiness will be working on sewer cleanouts, deep sanitary sewer and water line tie-ins. Expect this phase of work to take approximately 3-4 weeks. Water will be turned off during this period for individual businesses for up to ½ day. We will coordinate this work with the individual businesses.

While the street will be closed to traffic, pedestrian access will be maintained. No orange fences will be put up except around open excavated areas. If the temporary asphalt sidewalks are disturbed, they will be replaced with like-kind materials, not plywood.

Week of April 4 ñ Wicks
Work on masonry piers (supports for the light poles and decorative, lighted piers) will begin along Federal Avenue from State to 1st Street and then from 1st to 2nd Street, working on one side of a block at a time. The parking aisle along that side of the street (where the pier work is being completed) will be blocked off for equipment and materials while that section of the block is completed. The street will remain open to traffic.

Looking Ahead
Week of April 11 – McKiness
McKiness hopes to begin work on either the plaza or State Street (west of Federal). State Street work will include pavement removals, new water line, limited storm sewer and repaving. Timing of this work depends on coordination with the hotel project and relocation of the construction trailers further west along State Street.

Temporary spotlight at NW corner of State and Federal: this temporary light has been removed for construction operations related to the plaza area lighting.

Sidewalk paving: as a head’s up, sidewalk paving will generally take 1 full week to do 1 side of a block. The sidewalk area must be cored out, formed up, concrete poured, concrete cured, and then the pavers laid in a sand base on top of the concrete sub-base. The first sidewalk to be completed will be along the east side of Central Park to provide a ‘test run’ to check the process and speed of installation. This will give us all a better sense of how long access to front doors of businesses will be impacted during installation.

There may be a period of time between the concrete work and the paver installation when a temporary access ramp will need to be provided to the front door of affected businesses.

Following the park-side sidewalk paving, the west side of the block between State and 1st will be completed. Sidewalk paving will then proceed to the block between 2nd and 3rd Street, one side at a time. The sidewalks north of 2nd Street will not be completed until after the street is paved.|

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