The City of Perry will begin the 2016 Street Improvements project the week of April 18th. The project includes street improvements for nearly 45 blocks of city streets with all streets involved receiving a new asphalt surface.
The contractor hired for the work is Manatts, Inc. of Brooklyn, Iowa. They are anticipating beginning the work the week of April 18th and will be starting in the eastern areas of the city. There will be some minor disruptions to traffic during the construction, however, those will primarily be limited to the daytime hours only. For those homeowners affected, Manatts will be placing door hangers in advance of the project. If you happen to be a resident that has a vehicle parked on the street and you have been notified of street work, please make sure to move your vehicle before the work begins.
The work will vary in areas of the community with removal of the existing surface, pavement patching and installation of a new asphalt surface. There will be traffic barricades up while work is happening on the selected streets. Access will be limited during the time when work is occurring, but will be open again for traffic at the end of the day. For everyones safety and to help the contractors build a great street, please be respectful of the barricades and avoid the construction areas as much as possible. The duration of the project is expected to last two weeks.
The project cost is over $850,000 and is being funded by the City of Perry’s one cent Local Option Sales Tax and the new 10 cent fuel tax increase approved by State of Iowa in 2015. With the fuel tax increase, the City of Perry receives an additional $130,000 per year in Road Use Tax funds. It is important to City leaders to use these additional funds strictly for street improvements within our community. In order to be financially responsible, a large multi-block project is more cost effective than a smaller overlay project each year. The City of Perry has budgeted approximately $380,000 of our Local Option Sales tax over the next three years to match the $520,000 in Road Use Tax funds to pay for this project. The City’s Local Option Sales Tax Funds are used solely for street projects, capital expenditures, grant matching funds and building and grounds maintenance. The City of Perry will continue to schedule multi-block overlay projects in other areas of our community on a regular basis to be paid with Local Option Sales Tax and Road Use Tax funds.
If you have questions or concerns about this project, please contact the City of Perry at 515-465-2481 or Matt Ferrier with Bolton & Menk, Inc. at 515-233-6100.