West Cherry Street and 11th Street between Bluff and Hill Street are about to see a flurry of activity aimed towards a comprehensive replacement of utilities, storm sewer, curb and gutter and street surfaces.
Residents of Cherry Street have had to suffer through the inconvenience of delays resulting from unanticipated utility work delays and frequent rains. The past two weeks, the City has had to wait on its contractor, Godbersen Smith to complete a project in another community -- prior to bringing pavement equipment into Cherokee.
That is all about to change!
As of Thursday morning pavement equipment and crews where being moved from Atlantic, Iowa to Cherokee. Also as of Thursday, Ninth Street is being rocked to serve as a north/south crossing of Cherry Street, along with the Fifth Street crossing. On Friday morning crews started removing street surfaces on 11th Street between Bluff and Hill Street. That same day crews begin forming the west half of the Ninth Street intersection for paving -- concrete likely on Today or Tuesday.
Simultaneously, final surface trimming on Cherry St., west of the Railroad tracks will begin today with major pours of concrete to proceed west starting Wednesday or Thursday of this week.
Once the concrete surfacing begins, the contractor anticipates completing one to two blocks per day; and having pavement and curbs complete through Ninth Street by Aug. 12 -- weather cooperating. Immediately thereafter the Ninth Street to 11th Street segment can be poured.
Utility work will begin the week on the 11th Street project, with surface preparation and concrete surfacing to follow. The contractor has 45 working days to complete the 11th Street project, which will allow for the farm to market road to be reopened to traffic in early October.
The Mayor and City Council want to sincerely thank the Cherry Street residents for their continued patience. Over the next two months 11th Street property owners and motorists using this street will also be inconvenienced; however we hope that the final results will make the improvement projects beneficial for the entire community.