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May 14, 2014

Engineering agreements approved for reconstruction project

The Pella City Council approved a resolution approving the engineering services agreement with Garden & Associates for the Oskaloosa Street-Prairie Street to E. 13th Street Reconstruction Project in the amount of $206,500.

This project includes reconstruction of Oskaloosa Street from Prairie Street to E 13th Street that also involves narrowing the street from the existing 40 feet width to a very comfortable 37 foot width per SUDAS (Statewide Urban Design and Specifications) standards for an urban three lane street (the shared turn lane will remain throughout the project); replacement of the old existing 6” water mains with new 8”, and additional fire hydrants. The project will also include the installation of new storm sewers, secondary storm sewers and intakes, including sub-drains. The sanitary sewers will be rehabilitated where needed, they will be lined under a separate contract if required.

The FY14-15 budget has funding for engineering services for the Oskaloosa Street — Prairie Street to E 13th Street Reconstruction Project. Actual construction is planned for the 2015 construction season. This will allow enough time to acquire all the necessary Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) approvals to utilize Surface Transportation Program (STP) money up to $1,300,000 for those items eligible under the federal rules. This will also allow for a winter bid letting to, hopefully, get the optimum bids.

Based on past experience, such as with the North Main, University, Hazel, Broadway and Washington projects, Garden & Associates have been very competitive in price, are professional in all aspects of their product delivery, are essentially a local company and continue to give Pella excellent service. Pella City staff believes their fees are reasonable in relation to the scale of the project.

An asphalt overlay on Oskaloosa from E 3rd to Prairie is also being planned. However, that is not part of the reconstruction project.

Engineering for the project is estimated to be completed by the fall of 2014; however, since the project will be utilizing federal funds, a review by the Iowa Department of Transportation will be required. Typically, it takes IDOT approximately three months to complete their review which means the project would be scheduled for a spring 2015 letting. Construction for the project is tentatively scheduled to take place from May 2015, following Tulip Time, to December 2015. The street portion of the project would be funded with $1,300,000 STP federal dollars with the remainder out of local option revenues, while the water and sewer main portions would be funded by their respective utilities.

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