On Friday, May 27, City staff presented their weekly update on the progress of the Washington Streetscape project. General Contractor, Portzen Construction, continued work on the fire water line services on the north side of Washington Street, with ongoing bacterial and pressure testing.
Paving on the eastern portion of the Washington and Clinton Street intersection is nearly finished. Crews will move east once this intersection is complete.
There will be some upcoming traffic lane shifts to be aware of after Iowa Arts Fest is over on June 5. Details on the Iowa Arts Festival can be found at www.summerofthearts.org. To find out more about downtown street closures, temporary parking and transit route changes for the festival, visit http://bit.ly/20RCOBz.
Starting Monday, June 13, north and south bound traffic at the intersection of Clinton and Washington Street is planned to be shifted to the new paving. With this change, Washington Street west of the intersection will be closed. This will facilitate the construction of the western portion of the intersection.
Work on the Jefferson vault is progressing with all but two bays completed. Crews are planning to start work on other vault repairs within the current construction area. An additional, unmarked vault was discovered this past week and has been added to the project list.
Advanced Electric is completing wiring work for traffic signals.
City staff noted that this phase of the project is on track for completion in the next two months, barring bad weather and other unexpected events.
Englert Theatre representatives noted that they have been advised by a private engineering firm to shore up their marquee supports before construction work begins near their building. City staff indicated that construction work in that area should begin in early August.
A webcam providing a view of the construction project has been placed on the Transit roof at the Old Capitol Mall and can be viewed on the following page: www.icgov.org/downtownstreetscape.