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Street work to begin early May

Fourth and Morgan street improvements are expected to begin the first week in May, consulting engineer Chris Larson told city council members Monday.

A joint Lyon County/city project is planned the entire length of Fourth St. (County Highway 11).   A four-block reconstruction of Morgan involves only the city.  Duininck Construction of Prinsburg has been awarded a $2,664,079 contract for all of the work.

“Phase A” of construction will be a mill and overlay on Fourth, between Pine and South streets.   “Phase B” will begin the reconstruction of Fourth St., between South and Harvey.    Both bituminous and concrete surfaces will be removed from the three-block segment of Fourth prior to beginning underground utility work, which will include the installation of new water and sewer mains and service lines.

“Phase C” will begin with the removal of asphalt street surfaces on Morgan, between Second and Sixth.  Concrete that may be underneath the bituminous will remain as a temporary driving surface.  The concrete will be removed when the entire street is excavated and rebuilt with new underground utilities and a new driving surface.

The final phase of construction is a mill and overlay on Fourth, between Harvey and Hwy. 14, with utility crossings at Emory and Hollett streets.

Substantial completion is expected by early August.  The application of the final layer of bituminous, and  painting the street markings, will be completed in the spring of 2016.

A detour has been designated along Hwy. 14, the Highline Road, and Pine St.