15th Street project bill going up
City sees added costs after townships seek funds for roads
June 11. 2013 3:46PM
The 15th Street project will cost the City of Dell Rapids a bit more than previously thought, though its not yet known how much.
Increased traffic on gravel roads north and east of Dell Rapids during the 15th Street construction project have Dell Rapids and Enterprise townships bracing for added road maintenance costs this summer. To curb the added costs, the two townships are asking the City of Dell Rapids to pick up the tab.
Representatives from both Dell Rapids and Enterprise townships were at City Hall Monday, June 3 to express concerns about the increased costs they expect to incur maintaining about a mile stretch of 474th Avenue directly north of Dell Rapids, 245th Street between Garfield and 476th avenues and 476th Avenue between Jasper and 244th streets, saying traffic has increased by four times since the 15th Street and Garfield Avenue intersection was closed earlier this spring.
Dell Rapids city administrator Justin Weiland said impacts to surrounding townships are usually considered when a major traffic artery is shut down, but this time around an oversight at City Hall kept that from happening.
The Dell Rapids City Council approved an agreement to pay for the added gravel, grading and dust control costs incurred during the 15th Street project.
Metro gets first payment
The City of Dell Rapids made its first payment to Sioux Falls-based Metro Construction for work performed so far on the 15th Street project.
The council approved the $202,259.68 payment at its most recent meeting. The total cost of the project is expected to be $1.915,665.93.
Water tower repairs finished
The council also paid for recent repairs made to the old water tower. K and W Coatings of Elkader, Iowa replaced the riser pipe for a cost of $19,575.