Anamosa was awarded nearly $1.05 million in federal aid through the Surface Transportation Program. The money was awarded for improvements to four routes in the city, and several types of improvements were proposed for the different streets.
State/Scott Street is the main four-lane street connecting the heart of Anamosa to Highway 151, a four-lane highway on the outskirts of town. Old Dubuque Street is an old state highway that also connected to Highway 151. Cherry Street is the main route in and out of town to the west, and Ford Street is the main route out of town to the north.
State/Scott Street and Old Dubuque Street were milled to remove the existing HMA overlay. The crack and seat process was then applied to the underlying PCC pavement, and new HMA overlay was installed. The more challenging streets were Ford and Cherry. Ford Street was a complete reconstruction of about 1,100 lineal feet of PCC paving with integral curb and gutter. Cherry Street was a reconstruction of about 100 lineal feet of the existing HMA street with PCC curb and gutter.
There are 25 homes, a church and a community center along the project route for Ford Street. Maintaining access to these properties was one of the main challenges of the project. Although many of the homes and the church had secondary access from alleys or side streets, there were 11 driveways that were closed during construction and later replaced.
The work on Ford Street also included installation of storm sewer. Several utility conflicts had to be worked through during construction. Maintaining ADA-accessible sidewalks and curb ramps on this steep street also was an interesting aspect to this portion of the project.
Cherry Street carries heavy truck traffic from the quarry a few miles west of Anamosa. Rerouting these trucks and other traffic safely during reconstruction was critical to the project’s success. A total of 2,660 vehicles a day use this route, with 10 percent to 15 percent of those being quarry trucks.