Street conditions prompt an effort to revive negotiations with Iowa DOT.
Storm Lake officials hope to pave the way to renewed negotiations to repair battered North Lake Avenue, a highly-traveled thoroughfare that the state wants to pass to city ownership.
Last week, Iowa Department of Transportation officials said that negotiations with the city have basically stopped, and that the state has no plans to reconstruct the road beyond normal pothole maintenance.
Prior to a city council work session on the issue last night, city administrator John Call explained where sticking points in the negotiations came up.
Last construction season, the city and the DOT were apparently quite close to an agreement under which the DOT would repair the road that had been part of Highway 71 prior to the construction of the bypass, in exchange for the city agreeing to accept ownership and future responsibility for North Lake Avenue inside the city limits.
The approximate cost then would have been $400,000-$450,000, Call said.
"At that time, the DOT proposed to do an asphalt overlay on the whole thing, and an agreement was real close," Call said. "The sticking point apparently came up over who was going to do the project."
Read the rest of this article in the 2/20 Pilot Tribune.