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Posted on: June 30, 2022

Start of Construction: Center Street Streetscape Project

Starting the week of July 4, 2022, the City's contractor, Owen Contractors, Inc. will be starting the Center Street Corridor Streetscape Project. The overall project limits are from the Cedar River Bridge to Lone Tree Road. The main focus of the project will be the streetscape improvements starting at the Longview Street intersection to the Lone Tree Road intersection. The streetscape improvements will be built in halves along Center Street. Also a part of the project, there will be the granular shoulder removal from the Cedar River Bridge to the intersection of Longview Street. The overall project is to be completed by Thanksgiving of 2022 with possible plantings and final seeding following into the spring planting windows of early 2023.

Starting July 5, 2022, the City's contractor will start with granular removal on the east side of Center Street, near the Snag Creek Bridge in the proximity of the Brown Bottle restaurant, and work their way north. During this time, crews will also be working on setting up the overall project detour.

The streetscape project will be divided into two halves as crews will start on the east side to infill the new sidewalk and streetscape amenities as much as possible before school starts. As the start of school nears, there will be updated mailers coming from the school district about the project, parent drop-off, and school bus routes to parents and staff. Around mid-September 2022, it is anticipated that the contractor will finish work on the east side of Center Street and shift to the west side of Center Street. During the streetscape work, traffic will be reduced to one lane for northbound traffic during both halves. Those in the adjacent neighborhoods wishing to travel south on Center Street will be able to do so from the Clair Street intersection. The overall detour is intended to route non-local traffic from the project area by Lone Tree Road to US218/HWY27 to W. 1st Street/HWY57.

For those who have driveways on the east side of Center Street within the limits of Longview and Lone Tree, access will be maintained onto Center Street. There will be two times the driveways will be impacted. First, when the existing driveway pavement is removed and temporarily filled with rock, and second, when the new driveway approach will be paved. These times will be coordinated by the contractor in the field as work progresses through the corridor.

The following images contain the overall detour map and the local detour map for the project: 

Center St Map One

Center St Map Two

During the closure, garbage pickup points will remain in the same location, except for those on the side of the closure for residents who normally place automated collection carts within the closure area of Center Street. Residents can place their collection carts on either an adjacent side street or on the edge of the lane closure on Center Street. This should be done on the normal collection day for that particular street. Yard waste collection carts can be placed curbside at the same location as the garbage collection carts for Tuesday pickup. Yard waste may also be taken to the transfer station in any type of container when the transfer station is open.

During construction, rural-type mailboxes may need to be removed and temporarily relocated. The contractor will coordinate the location of the relocated mailboxes with the U.S. Postal Service. Once reconstruction is completed, the mailboxes will be returned to their original location. Please do not park adjacent to the relocated mailboxes. The residents will be responsible for removing any decorative attachments to the mailboxes and relocating any landscape plantings within the right-of-way. The contractor will be responsible for removing and temporarily relocating the mailbox and post only.

For additional information about the Center Street Corridor Streetscape Project, please visit the project webpage at To receive road closure notices by email/text, visit and follow the instructions for road closures as shown. If you have any questions or concerns during the course of construction, please contact:

City Project Manager:

City Project Inspector:

OCI Contact:

Matthew Tolan

Austin Kane

Joe Owen





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