With spring weather apparently here at last, the city of Maryville is working to get the delayed reconstruction of South Depot Street between First and Halsey back on track.
Work on the million-dollar project ground to a halt several weeks ago after Maryville-based Loch Sand & Construction, the general contractor, notified the city it was unable to complete the project in accordance with its contract.
Since then city officials, bonding companies, attorneys, Loch representatives and White Cloud Engineering & Construction, another local firm, have been working out details for a new contract in which White Cloud would assume responsibility for the street rebuild.
Mayor Jim Fall said Tuesday the arrangement, if ultimately agreed to by all parties and the City Council, would move construction forward with a minimum of delay, since White Cloud would likely hire Loch to operate as a subcontractor on the job, now about 25 percent complete.
The original projected finish date for Depot was May 31, a deadline that will almost certainly be missed. However, if all goes well, City Manager Greg McDanel said the new concrete thoroughfare, complete with curbs, gutters and storm water infrastructure, could be finished by mid-summer.
Once crews return to the site, McDanel said, remaining construction should take 45 to 50 working days.
In addition to Loch backing away from its deal with the city, the Depot Street initiative has been slowed by a number of other delays caused by bad weather and the need to work around water lines and other underground infrastructure.
Encountering such obstacles is a common problem on projects requiring excavation in older neighborhoods, McDanel said.
If all the details can be worked out, a new contract could be ready for council approval at the governing board's next regular meeting on Monday, or perhaps even sooner.
McDanel said the contract has been drafted and is currently under review. If that process can be wrapped up, he said the council could meet in special session sometime this week in order to approve the new pact as quickly as possible.
While the city is working to reconstruct a portion of South Depot within the city limits, Polk Township still has plans to pave its part of the street, which stretches between the New Nodaway Humane Society and East South Avenue.
Dirt work and installation of a large culvert on the township-owned road were completed last year, and plans call for paving the existing gravel surface with concrete sometime before the end of the year.
Polk is funding the project with remaining revenues from the "Pave Me for Pennies" property tax levy collected between 2004 and 2008.
Completion of both projects will leave a short city-maintained stretch of Depot unimproved between Halsey and the animal shelter. Municipal Public Works Director C.E. Goodall has said this middle leg will likely be overlaid with asphalt at some point in order to create a fully paved north-south traffic corridor on the east edge of the city.