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Drivers prepare: Streetscape to start next week

Project expected to be complete by November

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The downtown streetscape project is expected to begin next week.

Work on the first phase should take a couple of weeks to complete, during which time several streets in downtown Dixon will be closed, said Commissioner Jeff Kuhn, adding that the entire project could be finished by November.

Although the start date hasn’t been set, Kuhn said equipment will begin to arrive downtown on Monday and residents should be careful when walking or driving nearby to avoid the work zones when possible.

Last month, the Dixon City Council awarded a contract for the streetscape work to Fischer Excavating Inc., of Freeport, for nearly $5.8 million, a portion of which will be paid for by KSB Hospital for work to a parking lot off Ottawa Avenue.

The city also contracted Wendler Engineering Services Inc. and Willett, Hofmann & Associates, for a combined $321,000, to do engineering work and planning for the project, bringing the total streetscape cost to about $6.1 million.

The first phase will include water main and storm sewer work on the east and west sides of downtown. The water lines down the middle of the streets will be redone, Kuhn said, as well as their connections to businesses.

On the east side of the project, work will take place on the north side of First Street, from Hennepin Avenue to Galena Avenue.

This north side of the street will be closed during the work, while the south side will remain open for most of the work, Kuhn said, but might have to be closed at times.

On the west side of the project, work will take place on Peoria Avenue, from Second Street to Third Street. Both sides of traffic on that block will be closed, Kuhn said.

Also on the west side of the project, work will take place on the north side of Third Street, from Peoria Avenue to Highland Avenue. The south side of the street might have to be closed at times, Kuhn said.

Each Friday, Fischer Excavating will provide the city with an update on the work, Kuhn said, and let officials know what work will be done the next week.

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