Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

May 9, 2014

Paving to begin Monday

Knoxville — Paving on the downtown streetscape and infrastructure project is expected to begin on Monday. 

Project Manager Richard Breese told the Journal-Express that the majority of paving work on the south lane of Robinson should begin on Monday. While the cement cures for that project, on Tuesday, workers will focus their attention on the Third and Robinson intersection. 

The north side of Robinson (next to the courthouse) will be done the following week. Parking spaces will then be paved on both sides, followed by the sidewalk. The City is working with Iowa State Savings Bank regarding the business sidewalk regarding the possibility of heated coils in the walk. This decision may affect the timing of the paving of the entire walk. 

The infrastructure below the street, which is the major cost of the project, has all been installed and is operational. Van Maanen Electric is continuing to work on the lines today. 

On Second Street, TK Concrete will be working on the mid-street bumpout next week. The bricklayer, who will install bricks along the two-foot aesthetic section of the sidewalks, is expected to start this process when the paving along Second and Robinson is done. 

The project is still on schedule, according to Breese. He is also still pleased with the contractors' performance for this section of Robinson. 

Preliminary work for the next phase of the project, Third Street, has already begun. 

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