Few have questions at street project meeting

Only a handful of residents showed up for the Marion street project information meeting Feb. 26.

Darin Neufeld and Andrew Brunner of EBH Engineering, city administrator Roger Holter, and a representative from Vogts-Parga Construction of Newton were there to answer questions about the project.

Tables were decorated with plans for individual streets laid over aerial shots so residents could see how and when they would be affected.

“Our goal is to make sure everyone knows what we’re doing with the project and feels comfortable with it,” Neufeld said.

Brunner said he likes holding open meetings like this for projects, especially when they affect so many, so that if residents have conflicts with the project timeline they can be addressed.

“In this project there is a lot of flexibility because there are so many streets that are being done,” Brunner said. “If someone had a conflict we could move certain streets to different times to help avoid those, but only if we know about them in advance.”

The project will move in phases. Several intersections will be completed in the spring so that even if they are delayed by rain, residents can still get in and out of their homes.

Construction crews will begin at the intersection of Denver and Roosevelt Sts., then move to the intersection of Freeborn and Sherman Sts. Crews can begin construction at anytime once the danger of winter weather subsides. Other intersections planned around school will be completed at the end of the project to avoid affecting school traffic.

Neufeld estimates construction on street stretches of the project to begin by June 1.

“This way we don’t have people trapped in their homes in case we have a wet spring,” he said.

Council members Jerry Kline and Todd Heitschmidt and Mayor Mary Olson attended.

 

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