Fort Dodge council considers road contract

Work would impact 15th Street at Central Avenue, First Avenue South

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Traffic flows through the intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street Saturday afternoon. The City Council is expected to award a contract Monday for the reconstruction of the road and this area.

The Fort Dodge City Council is poised to launch a major road construction project when it meets Monday.

The project would transform the intersections of Central Avenue and 15th Street and First Avenue South and 15th Street.

Other elements of the project include:

• Complete reconstruction of 15th Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue South.

• Complete reconstruction of First Avenue South between 14th and 15th streets.

• Installation of an 8-inch diameter water main.

• Various repairs on First Avenue South between 15th and 20th streets.

• Repairs on 15th Street between Fifth Avenue South and First Avenue North.

The council is scheduled to consider awarding a contract for the work on Monday. Castor Construction, of Fort Dodge, has submitted the apparent low bid of about $4 million.

The city has received two grants from the state Department of Transportation to help pay for the project. A $500,000 award is for the work at First Avenue South and 15th Street while a $370,000 grant is for the work at Central Avenue and 15th Street.

Monday’s council meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

First on the agenda is a workshop discussion on a Blanden Memorial Art Museum classroom project.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

During that session, the council will consider the road contract.

Also during that meeting, the council will consider adding land in the area of Crossroads Mall to the Center City and Industrial Park Urban Renewal Area. That move will allow tax increment financing to be used to support projects there.

Tax increment financing occurs when increased property tax revenue from a designated area is set aside to be reinvested in that area.

In July, the council voted to add the former Sears store to the Center City and Industrial Park Urban Renewal Area so that tax increment financing money could be used to reimburse the property owner for potential future demolition costs.