Shawn Cole, building and zoning administrator for the City of Nevada, walked through the construction area today and said work is going well so far this season.
So far, concrete has been torn up on K Avenue, between 5th and 6th streets, and in the alleys between J Avenue and Lincolnway and 5th and 6th streets.
Utility work has been completed in the alley south of K Avenue, and Cole expects that alley to be repaved and reopened to traffic in the next week or so.
He shared the importance of what is being done with roof drains off the backs of buildings in the alleys. “We are hooking up all the roof drains in the alleys to the storm sewer,” he noted. Previously water drained right into the alley, which during times of freeze and thaw, busts up the alley’s surface, Cole explained. “In the wintertime, also, snow on the roof would melt and then come down the drain into the alley and cause ice patches to develop. We’ve tried very hard to find ways to better deal with some of these types of situations, so these are not problems in the future,” he said.
Next week, Cole expects OnTrack to work on utilities along K Avenue and in the intersection of K and 5th Street and move from there to the alley north of K Avenue.
Residents are reminded that they can still access the Post Office by utilizing 5th Street from the north and turning onto K Avenue in front of the Post Office.
Stay tuned for more construction updates – weekly or every other week — during the coming season. If you have any questions about downtown construction, please call Shawn Cole during regular business hours, 515-382-5466.
–Written by Marlys Barker, City of Nevada