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Routine construction changes approved for new jail

Topsoil removed from lot, crews waiting for dryer weather to continue
Jun 27, 2018
Photo by: Grace King While heavy rains have delayed some construction progress at the site of the new Law Enforcement Center at 800 S. Grand Ave., topsoil has been removed, no unsavory soil has been found and the project is on budget.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


With the original proposal for the Henry County Law Enforcement Center under budget earlier this year, Supervisors approved a few change orders as construction gets underway at 800 S. Grand Ave.

John Hansen, with Midwest Construction Consultants, updated supervisors on the project during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, June 26. The first change order arose because of two trees that were not included in the original Warner Construction plans.

“We wanted to save those trees, an oak tree and one is a maple,” Hansen explained. To do so, the jail will be moved 15 feet to the east, which also will help with drainage because of an increased slope on one side of the building.

Concrete will be extended to the entrances to account for the shift. Excavation such as the water main to the building, the storm sewer and the sanitary sewer also will need to be increased 15 feet. The change order comes to a total cost of $63,700.

The second change order supervisors approved was for a vehicle impound storage lot, something that was discussed but not moved on until now. Hansen said it will be cheaper to excavate for the storage lot now than to do it in the future.

“I feel very confident about where we are financially that we can get everything done,” Hansen said, adding that so far all the topsoil has been removed and they haven’t hit any “unsuitable” soils.

Currently, they are working on a steel building that will be used by construction crews over the next year of construction. Heavy rain has delayed building the pad for the building, although Hansen suspects the hot weather in the coming week will enable them to get started.

Additionally, the Law Enforcement Center might require a new tower. After meeting with Electronic Applications, Hansen said he was told a new 160 foot tall tower would have to be built for $16,000. Originally, Hansen was told they would just need a booster to signal to the tower at 106 E. Clay Street in Mt. Pleasant.

No decision has yet been made on the tower. Hansen said he needs to take a closer look at prices and the proposal before making a final decision.

In other news, road construction will briefly close three roads in the next month.

Highway 218 will be closed in the northbound lane on June 29 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weather dependent. The Iowa DOT will be using the TIM Plan to reroute northbound traffic east on J20 or Salem Road, then north on X23 or New London Road to Highway 34. This detour is needed to improve the crossover lane for north bound traffic.

Highway 78 will be closed on July 9 from Oasis Ave. to Racine Ave. for the construction of a twin box culvert. A detour will be set up and operated by the Iowa DOT for the duration of the construction project. Finally, 160th Street between Kentucky Ave. and Lexington Ave. is closed as crews work on replacing existing culverts.

Cedar Falls Construction Co. completed patching in Henry County Monday, June 25 and cleaned and sealed the joints Tuesday.

This week, crews continue working on Merrimac Road pulling shoulders. Merrimac Road has seen a lot of activity in the last couple weeks, with crews painting edge lines, weeding around guardrails, working on small ditching projects and mowing shoulders.

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