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City to tackle Kingston and Short

Council dips into road use reserves for three projects
The asphalt section of Kingston Drive will receive a new overlay this construction season, part of the 2018 street improvement project approved by city council members April 4. (photo by Doug Lindner)

SOLON– The big bump is going bye-bye.
A section of Short Street between West Street and Iowa Street will be reconstructed this year to add parking and address a hump in the road where an alley intersects.
The project, along with two others, was approved by Solon City Council members at an April 4 meeting as part of the city’s proposed 2018 street improvements.
Also included for this season will be an asphalt overlay for a part of Kingston Drive, and another section of Short Street between Iowa and Dubuque streets.
The three projects will cost just over $115,000 and will hopefully be concluded by November, according to Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
Kleppe, along with street committee members Lauren Whitehead and Lynn Morris, proposed the planned improvements, trying to select projects which would increase parking and overall road conditions.
The city has been looking at an upgrade for Short Street between Iowa and West for a number of years, he said.
“There’s curb on one side, but there’s nothing on the other,” Kleppe noted. “And mid-block, there’s a huge approach going up for an alley that really is a traffic nightmare.”
Kleppe said he consulted both L.L. Pelling and Kluesner Asphalt to generate a plan correcting the situation.
By taking out the curb and gutter on the north side of Short Street and replacing sidewalk on that side with a 5-foot combination curb and sidewalk, the city will create enough space to add angled parking on the west half of the block, he said.
On the south side, the sidewalk will be lowered to decreased the steep approach for the alley and the elevation of the road will be raised 8 inches, Kleppe explained.
On Kingston Drive in the Prairie Acres subdivision, approximately half the street is concrete and half is asphalt.
The asphalt portion of the roadway is deteriorating, Kleppe said, and needs to be milled down and covered with a fresh asphalt overlay to 5th Street.
Contractors will keep one lane of the road open at all times and driveway access will be maintained for impacted residents, he said.
The third area on the list will be a block of Short Street between Iowa and Dubuque, which was the site of the city’s first curb and gutter projects for the older portion of town.
When the curb and gutter was installed, Kleppe noted, the city did not reconstruct the street but tied into the original sealcoat with patching asphalt.
“Right now, even though there’s curb and gutter there, the way the street is and how we matched things in, not a lot of water is getting toward the gutter pipe,” Kleppe told council members. “It’s just sitting in the street and that’s what leading to the deterioration.”
Several inches of the sealcoat street will be ground off and replaced with a new overlay, similar to what’s been done with 3rd Street and 6th Street, he said.
Competitive quotes were obtained from two asphalt companies and the low bid belonged to L.L. Pelling of North Liberty at a cost of $116,558.50.
Kleppe said the bids were close, with only $6,000 difference between bids for the three projects.
Because the city only has $75,000 budgeted for road repairs this year, Kleppe asked council members to dip into its road use reserve fund for the remaining $46,000.
According to City Administrator Cami Rasmussen, the current balance of the road use reserve is $234,000.
“I think the plan that Scott proposed treats a lot of different issues that everybody’s thought about. You got stuff going on the east side, we’ve got stuff going on in old Solon,” Whitehead said. “It seemed like a good use of some of our reserve funds to address some of the concerns.”
Council members approved the projects and the utilization of the reserve funds to help cover the construction costs.