SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) - The city of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa is closing down some streets for more than $1.8 million in street reconstruction and beautification.
"Just a lot of things between needed improvements and then some enhancements that the community wanted us to do," said Aaron Lincoln, City Administrator.
The reconstruction and beautification of 1st Street is underway. While the project proceeds, most of 1st Street is closed with a marked detour which will take you up South Lewis Street, and back down C street.
The more than $1.8 million reconstruction and beautification project for 1st Street in Sergeant Bluff has been in the works for around five years now.
Redoing 1st was the top project requested by citizens of Sergeant Bluff when they weighed in on the master planning process.
"It seems like a long time since 2016. It's really exciting. Just being able to see an idea that the community really wants, being able to find the funds," said City Administrator Aaron Lincoln.
The project started on April 19 and will serve dual purposes.
"The project that we're working on is really trying to hit two needs. One need is that the pavement's been failing, the stormwater pipes have been undersized. So, we're trying to take care of the infrastructure that needs to last for fifty years plus," said Lincoln.
Taking time to not only work on reconstruction but put in things like new stoplights and community signs.
"The other need is really just trying to beautify our community. It's the main route that people take to get in and out of town. So, we just want something that really shows that our community cares about how we look and how we feel and just really hoping that we have met the goal the community asked for in 2016," said Lincoln.
Lincoln said they're projected to be done by October.
"One thing we're asking just for the public just to be patient. It'll be over before we know it and looking beautiful," said Lincoln.
Until construction is completed in October, residents will need to take that detour around 1st Street.
Residents can also expect planned water outages, which the city will notify them about at least 72 hours in advance.