The three construction projects currently under way in and around Koser Spring Lake Park in Cherokee are progressing on schedule as good weather holds and workers are able to stay the task with few interruptions.
The Lake Street improvement project by contractor Steve Harris Construction is expected to be completed by June 25 barring any unforeseen obstacles.
To date, all concrete removals are completed and the utilities are about 80-percent completed. Preparation of the sub-base is now under way.
The Spring Lake Trail project is expected to be completed by May 25 and is being done by contractor T.R. Harris. The storm sewer work is 100-percent completed, and the sub-base is also completed east of the flood dike. Concrete should be laid east of the flood dike by this week, and the work west of the flood dike is subject to the completion of a water utility project and street replacement.
The Water Extension project undertaken by contractor Lundell Construction of Cherokee is expected to be completed by Friday. Approximately 50-percent of the water main is completed, and the fire hydrant has been installed.
Tuesday night, the City Council approved a change order for $11,129 for the Spring Lake Park Trail project, with 80-percent of that cost paid by Grant monies already approved for the project. The change order is to accommodate drainage at the west end of the trail as it crosses Spring Lake Drive. Two area inlets were required added just east of the trail crossing to ensure that water would not collect on the street.
Tuesday night the Council also approved a motion authorizing street repairs on Spring Lake Drive, including removing a 110-foot section of damaged street at a cost of $18,480 for the concrete replacement only.
However, approximately $6,000 of additional work is required of Lundell Construction in removals and sub-base work, which will be added to the existing Water Main project there.
That portion of the street is broken and has sunk in due to water erosion and faulty drainage and water collects and pools there.
The City's Street Improvement fund (sales tax road funds) has a balance in the current budget to pay contractor T.R. Harris for the work and will not cause the City a financial hardship because the project bids came in significantly under the engineer's estimates, according to City Administrator Don Eikmeier.