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Intersection improvements

Upgrades planned for 15th Street intersections

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Traffic flows through the intersection of First Avenue South and South 15th Street Saturday afternoon following a brief downpour.

Two busy intersections on the east side of downtown Fort Dodge will be rebuilt under a contract awarded by the City Council Monday.

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

Repairs will also be made on nearby segments of 15th Street and First Avenue South.

On Monday, the council hired Castor Construction, of Fort Dodge, to do the work at a cost of $4,003,524.71.

Although the contract was awarded Monday, the majority of the work won’t be done until next year, according to City Manager David Fierke. He said the contractor may do some concrete patching this year, but the biggest part of the job will start in the spring of 2020.

The two intersections will be reshaped to create a left turn lane, a lane for traffic going straight ahead and a right turn lane on all four sides.

Fierke said the rebuilt intersections will look like the junctures of First Avenue South and 25th Street and First Avenue South and 29th Street.

As part of the project, 15th Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue South will be rebuilt. Fierke said it will be reduced from four lanes to three lanes.

Other elements of the project include:

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

• Installation of a new 8-inch diameter water main.

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

• Concrete patch repairs on 15th Street between Fifth Avenue South and First Avenue North.

Rasch Construction, of Fort Dodge, submitted the only other bid for the project of $4,090,910.20.