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The appearance of plastic locater flags, torn up streets and dug up residential lawns are familiar sights throughout the city of Mount Ayr this summer, but work on the massive water distribution system improvement project continues to progress mostly on schedule, according to city superintendent Brent Wise.
Currently three different contractors are working on four different sections of the project.
Crain Construction is responsible for the city square and adjacent areas.
Poe Construction is working on Divisions 2 and 3, which encompasses the north, east and south areas outside of Crain’s territory.
Jordan and Sons Construction is responsible for Division 1, which runs west and southwest of West Street.
Wise said Crain Construction should be finished with laying new water pipe this week and will soon begin running water through the lines. Once that is complete, they will start the process of hooking up service lines to homes and businesses.
Poe Construction is still laying pipe but has already connected some residences to the new lines.
Jordan and Sons should begin residential hookups along West Street this week while still laying new lines within their division.
Wise said his goal is to have all pipe installed and all service lines connected by the end of the construction season.
In addition, any disruption to city streets would be repaired before winter sets in.
Some restoration of residential lawns has already been completed in a handful of cases.
However, Wise emphasized restoration of many residential lawns may be delayed until next spring. He explained it’s best practice to reseed lawns following a freeze-thaw event.
Questions about the project may be directed to City Hall at 464-2402.