Portion of Criswell Street North of Hopewell Avenue Closed Through End of June 2024

TASK ESTIMATED TIME FRAME PROGRESS STATUS RESPONSIBILITY
Closure of Criswell Street South of Forest Grove Drive May 28th-June 4th Completed Selected Contractor: Manatts, Inc.
Closure of Criswell Street and Forest Grove Drive Intersection June 4th-June 8th Completed Selected Contractor: Manatts, Inc.
Culvert Replacement Along Criswell Street June 10th-TBD In Progress Selected Contractor: Manatts, Inc.
Paving on Criswell Street TBD Upcoming Selected Contractor: Manatts, Inc.

 
UPDATES
JUNE 14, 2024 -
Due to an unexpected discovery, Criswell Street north of Hopewell Avenue will be closed to traffic until the end of June, weather permitting. Crews have uncovered an underground utility that is in direct conflict with the culvert replacement process and cannot continue their work until the utility company can relocate it safely. During this delay, the current detour (see map below under June 7, 2024 Update) will remain in place. 

JUNE 7, 2024 - 
Beginning Monday, June 10, 2024, a portion of Criswell Street north of Hopewell Avenue will be closed to traffic as crews begin the process of replacing drainage culverts that cross under Criswell Street. During this time, Forest Grove Drive will reopen at Criswell Street and be used as a detour route along with Hopewell Avenue (see map below). This closure is expected to last until Monday, June 17, weather permitting.

June 10th Criswell Street Detour Map

JUNE 3, 2024
- Beginning Tuesday, June 4, 2024, the intersection of Forest Grove Drive and Criswell Street is closing as crews replace a storm sewer. The closure is expected to last until Saturday, June 8th, weather permitting. Traffic will be detoured north to Indiana Avenue (see map below).

June 4th Criswell Street and Forest Grove Drive Intersection Closure Map

MAY 24, 2024 – Beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2024, work begins on Criswell Street from Valley Drive north to Forest Grove Drive as crews rebuild nearly 1.5 miles of roadway.

“Criswell St. has been targeted for improvement for several years as part of the City’s Community Improvement Program,” said Brent Morlok, City Engineer.  “The area surrounding Criswell has seen substantial residential growth, which is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, and with that has come increased traffic. The old sealcoat surface can no longer support that traffic, so the decision was made to rehabilitate the street this construction season.”

Project Overview
The Criswell Street Rehabilitation Project includes a full-depth reclamation process, which is a construction process that uses existing materials to rebuild roads rather than sourcing new materials. This process can improve the environment, reduce fuel costs, and create a stronger base for more durable roads.  Once the base is in place, crews will pave the road with 4 inches of hot mix asphalt. Before the base is in place and the road is paved, crews will also replace drainage culverts that cross under Criswell Street which are currently in poor condition. This entire project is expected to take approximately three months, weather permitting.

Project Updates
To ensure the safety of the traveling public and construction workers onsite, there will be several closures and detours in place which will change as the project progresses. Throughout the entire construction period, the City will be updating this webpage as well as the City’s Facebook Page, Nextdoor Account, and sending out texts and/or emails to users who opt into a specific Alert Iowa List entitled “Criswell Street Rehabilitation Project.”

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Project Schedule
The first closure is on Criswell Street just south of Forest Grove Drive where crews will be replacing the storm sewer. That closure is expected to begin on Tuesday, May 28th and last until Tuesday, June 4th, weather permitting. During this time, Forest Grove Drive will remain open to traffic, but traffic on Criswell Street will be detoured at Hopewell Avenue (see map below).

May 28th Criswell Street Road Closure Map

The second closure includes the entire intersection of Criswell Street and Forest Grove Drive as crews finish their work. That closure is expected to begin on Tuesday, June 4th and last until Saturday, June 8th, weather permitting. Traffic will be detoured north to Indiana Avenue (see map below).

June 4th Criswell Street and Forest Grove Drive Intersection Closure Map

The third part of the project will include a series of rolling closures as crews replace drainage culverts that cross under Criswell Street, starting on the north end and working their way south. Each culvert is expected to take approximately three days to complete. The traveling public is asked to pay close attention to the direction of the detour signs as they will change with the rolling closures. This part of the project is expected to take between four and six weeks, weather permitting. The City will update this webpage with a start date as crews wrap up their work at Criswell Street and Forest Grove Drive.

The fourth and final part of the project includes paving the new and improved street. The City will update this webpage with more information about the impact to traffic as crews begin wrapping up the culvert replacement phase.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we understand construction is an inconvenience,” said Morlok. “However, the finished product will be a great improvement for the area and the City as a whole.”

Property owners who live on or off of Criswell Street received a letter from the City on April 30, 2024 with some important information regarding collection services and mail delivery services. To view the letter, click here

NOTE: Beginning in mid-June 2024, Scott County will be replacing two bridges on Wells Ferry Road just east of Criswell Street. These projects will require full road/bridge closures and detours will be posted that may coincide with the detours mentioned above. To subscribe for updates on this project from the Iowa County Engineers Association, click here.