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Monroe Avenue in Mason City to get major overhaul starting next week

This news story was published on April 30, 2021.
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MASON CITY – One of Mason City’s more-travelled roadways is set for major work, starting next week, city hall says.

The Monroe Avenue Street and Utility Rehabilitation Project is expected to begin on Wednesday, May 5th. The project in general involves improvements and upgrades to utilities, street patching and repair, street lighting, and a new Hot Mix Asphalt surface. The project limits begin at Hwy 122/5th Street SW and extend to 12th Street NW. The project will be worked on in stages to avoid closure of the entire length of the project corridor at one time. A detour will be established and signed for the duration of the project; the detour route will utilize 12th Street NW, Pierce Avenue and Hwy 122. Cross streets to Monroe Avenue will remain open as much as possible, but due to construction activities, entire intersections could be closed for extended periods of time.
The construction activity will progress south to north in four stages:

Stage 1 is between Hwy 122 and Willow Creek near West State Street.
Stage 2 is between Willow Creek and 2nd Street NW.
Stage 3 is between 2nd Street NW and 6th Street NW.
Stage 4 is between 6th Street NW and 12th Street NW.

The contractor may perform work in any two consecutive stages at the same time, depending on the type of work operation.

Regular updates will be provided as the project progresses through the stages of construction.

The project will extend into November. Use caution and expect delays when travelling near the construction zone; avoid the area when possible. Questions may be directed to the Mason City Engineer’s Department by phone at 641.421.3605 or email to


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7 Responses to Monroe Avenue in Mason City to get major overhaul starting next week

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 4, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Should widen the sidewalks in that neighborhood, so all the foot traffic can maintain social distancing when walking to the soup kitchen and Ali babba’s liquor.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 3, 2021 at 3:29 am

    They cant get all the tweaks and freaks off monroe. Maybe knock down about 150 houses from 12th on down. Garbage.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 1, 2021 at 1:55 am

    what happened to the south monroe project, from 29th to 43rd street????

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 30, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    To level the ghetto would be to level Mason City. Hmmm, might not be such a bad idea at that.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 30, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      where would you live? Not where Elvis says..
      In The Ghetto

  5. Peas n Taters Reply Report comment

    April 30, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Damn, I thought that they were going to level the ghetto.