The streets of Gothenburg are currently under a major overhaul, and while that may be causing a minor inconvenience in terms of getting around town the payoff will be well worth it. The Leader caught up with City Engineer Gary Steele of Miller & Associates to give us an update on the project.
Work began last Spring on the Avenue I portion of the project, between 16th Street and 20th Street. According to Steele, the project is to replace all water system crossings at the intersections of Avenue I and 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Streets. The project also includes abandonment of a 4” main on the north side of 20th Street from Avenue G to Avenue J which includes extending some services and connection of fire hydrants to a 10” main on the south side of 20th Street.
Avenue I is to be repaved from 16th Street to 20th Street. “Currently the contractor has completed all of the utility work except for some connections on 20th Street. “Currently the contractor has completed all of the utility work except for some connections on 20th Street. All of the pavement has been removed on Avenue I and the intersection of 16th Street is now open,” Steele said.
The Contractor has been waiting on the gas company to lower a 4” gas main in Avenue I that extends from 16th Street to 20th Street. The gas company completed its work on Tuesday, July 20, so the contractor can complete the grading of Avenue I and start paving. Steele said paving of Avenue I should take approximately three to four weeks depending on weather. Paving of Avenue I will complete the work on this project.
Meanwhile, the 2021 water and paving improvement project incorporates multiple locations within the city. Those include:
16th Street from Avenue G to Avenue I
17th Street from Avenue G to Avenue J
Alley north of 12th Street between Avenue G and Avenue I
11th Street from Avenue G to Avenue K
Avenue K from 11th Street to Washington Street
Avenue J from 10th Street to 11th Street
Avenue I from Highway 30 to 10th Street
Lake Avenue from 13th Street to 20th Street
Currently the contractor has completed water main installation on Avenue K and 11th Street up to Avenue G from Avenue K. Testing of the main still needs to be done so that water services can be connected to the new main. “The contractor is working on installing the water main in 11th Street up to Avenue G and testing the mains that are installed so services can be connected,” said Steele. He said the contractor has also installed some dewatering wells in the vicinity of Avenue I from 11th Street to Highway 30.
Two of the projects - the ADA improvement project, which installed new ramps at the intersections throughout town; and the westside sewer and water project - have been completed.