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Connell street project approved for this summer

April 19, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

The Dysart City Council has approved a pavement and storm sewer replacement project along Connell Street from Jefferson Street to East Street with Anderson-Bogert Engineers this summer.

"The existing pavement is in terrible conditions, but recently one of the storm sewers collapsed and it became apparent the sewer was in bad shape," Jeff Morrow from Anderon-Bogert said. "We used a company to try to get a camera down there, and we saw sections of broken pipelines which became impassable for the camera to get through."

The storm sewer collapse has caused drainage issues in that immediate area, but originally was not high on the city's priority list as they planned to work on the roadway between the elementary school and pool. With the storm sewer collapse, work needed to pushed it up the priority list.

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Jeff Morrow from Anderson-Bogert Engineers discusses the Connell Street project with Dysart City Councilmen during their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 10.

"When things wear out, that moves those projects up to the top," Morrow said. "Anyone familiar with Dysart will know Connell Street is bad shape. We don't have a good enough storm sewer system in town and you have substantial flooding in other areas."

The project will entail replacing the sewer in that section as Phase one as well replacing the pavement. Phase two will continue the pavement work west to Main Street and then the next block from Main to Crisman. The storm sewer project will continue east to a nearby field to "re-establish a better drainage channel" Plans for contractors will go out this week and bids will be available by the next council meeting. If the Council approves of a bid, they could vote to accept and construction would begin in early June.

"I envision closing the roadway for crews to get their work done," Morrow said. "We might do this half at a time because they are driveways that come out there. We want to maintain access for them, but they may have to go around. Fortunately, the street is at a dead end."

This project will come out the city's sewer fund and initially went above the amount which was budgeted. According to Morrow, preliminary estimates were around $500,000, but then the drainage issues appeared to need extra work.

"We believe we've found a solution with directing the drainage and upon further review, we're able to keep it going east," Morrow said. "The city has an ongoing plan to improve streets, storm sewers and sanitary sewers while plan those projects to avoid having to go back. The city will look at lining for the sanitary sewer and it's something they can do without having to cut up the street."

Check back with The Dysart Reporter for updates on this project as they are made available.



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