Union Street project discussed
Local residents learned about a project to reconstruct County Road N – Union Street in Manawa – at a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The city and county plan to rebuild the stretch of Union Street from State Highway 22 to Clark Street.
Parts of the road will be re-aligned, new curb and gutter will be installed and the sidewalks between State 22 and Mill Street will be replaced.
While work on the road is being done, the city will replace its existing water and sewer mains.
"We’re not sure yet when we’ll get this project done," according to County Highway Commissioner Dean Steingraber. "It’s our goal to get it done this summer, but it could get pushed back."
Dennis Steigenberger, an engineer with Cedar Corp., said after the project is completed there will be sidewalk along the north side of Union from Bridge Street to halfway between Mill and Factory Street and there will be sidewalk on the south side of the street from State 22 to where Union curves north to Clark Street. There will be no sidewalks on either side of Union north of the curve.
The project also includes concrete aprons at all the driveways so they are level with the street.
Residents along Union Street were told to expect a summer of minor inconveniences, but the city plans to work with garbage collectors and the the post office to ensure service.
City attorney David Forsythe recommended that people who live along the Union Street project area obtain a specific endorsement for sewer backups on their homeowners insurance.
"As with any construction project, something bad can happen," Forsythe said, noting that there had been one sewer backup during the Clark Street project.
While a handful of trees will be removed between State 22 and Oak Street, Doug and Lori Brigham will lose more than a dozen trees on their property located on the north side of Union at the curve. The county will remove a row of arborvitae that shields their yard from the street, as well as a maple and an American elm that is more than 100 years old.
Steigenberger said the trees were being removed because there is not enough sight clearance for motorists at the curve.
At this time, no detour has been determined yet around the construction zone.
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