In order to keep the ball rolling when it come to the concept for addressing safety issues at the Old Dubuque Road intersection, the Anamosa City Council approved contracting with Snyder and Associates to oversee the project.
Lindsay Beaman, presenting during the June 22 meeting, laid out the cost for their services estimated at $700,000 for the duration of the project. Services include three and a half years of work for surveying, design, bridge structures, permitting and stormwater and sewer analysis. One-third of that will come during the construction phase for daily oversight of the project.
“I don’t want to come back to you guys and say, ‘OK, we’re halfway done. Now you need to pay the final design,” she said.
Beaman said she by approving the contract now, the firm could get started on some of the grant applications for August and September. As far as the schedule, though they will be applying for any grants that come up along the way, the plan is for the project to proceed, regardless of how much funding they actually receive.
The concept drawing, unveiled by the Jones County Engineer’s Office June 8, includes an overpass bridge to connect the west and east side of Highway 151 in between the current intersection and Circle Drive. The proposal also includes the creation of a roundabout northwest of the current intersection, connecting Parham Drive, Old Dubuque Road and the overpass bridge. The roundabout spur to the west was proposed to get over the creek running behind the middle school, but not connect to Knoll Street immediately.
Work on the project could be bid out as soon as next year, with Beaman saying earth work needed to be done in 2022 to get preparation done for all the dirt that would be needed to construct the proposed overpass and given time for the dirt to be packed and allowed to settle. During that first phase, the culvert would also be constructed over the creek running behind the middle school.
Then, after a 2022 bidding, the bulk of the work with the actual bridge-building and contract work, would be bid worked on in 2023, to hopefully be completed by the end of the year.
Beaman offered the council members an opportunity to just approve a partial contract, up to $100,000, instead of committing to the whole cost and they took it. The contract was approved unanimously.
Throughout the process, Beaman said she will be available to answer council questions and communication with project partners, like the county engineer’s office, would not stop.
During his mayor’s report, Rod Smith advised the council members of another step in the process. The safety committee, formed to address the dangerous intersection, made the recommendation to close the Old Dubuque Road intersection Aug. 3. That matter will be voted on at the next meeting on July 13.