Curb appeal: Willow Street project to begin


Signs were posted on Monday indicating that Willow Street is closed. The city is undertaking a project to replace approximately 2,663 feet of curb and gutter along the street between North Sixth Street and North Ninth Street.

This project is driven by the need to address the deterioration of the existing curbs and gutters on Willow Street. In January 2024, the Cherokee City Council accepted a bid for $435,851 from Beck Excavating. Five bids had been submitted to the council for consideration, with the highest bid at $609,700 from Hulstein Excavating. The council voted to go with Beck Excavating based on the lowest price offered.

Although the signs are out now, the project was scheduled to kick off on July 26. It is expected to be completed within 40 working days, weather permitting. Cherokee City Hall told the Chronicle Times that workers were not expected to arrive on site until after the Independence Day holiday. 

The project will include the removal and replacement of the existing curb and gutter, grading, excavation, and subgrade preparation to ensure a solid foundation, the installation of brand new concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, and driveways in some areas and the removal of any damaged pavement sections. Additionally, improvements will be made to the storm sewer system.

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