Two blocks of Third Street NE were paved in one continuous motion on June 1. A giant paving machine leveled and formed curbs using 51 truckloads of concrete. Driveways and sidewalks will be poured June 8-10, with dirt work and sodding done starting June 13, weather permitting. The street should be open later in June.
In contrast, the two bridges north of town on Highway 69 are still not complete. Ninety-nine percent of the concrete work is done, but there is still shoulder and ditch work to do, guardrails to be installed, and river banks to be stabilized. The opening date could be in early July, according to the Iowa D.O.T. The project was initially scheduled to last eight months. It will soon be 15 months.
Because Luick's Lane is the Highway 69 detour, the July 4 parade will not go by the nursing home or the Community Apartments in 2022. The parade will begin at the high school, travel west on Third St. NE to 8th Ave. It will turn south on 8th Ave. to Main Street and then travel downtown. The route turns north on 2nd Ave. and ends at City Park.