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Stretch of US Hwy 52 to close for three months in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The city announced Wednesday it will be closing more than a mile of Central Avenue starting on Monday.

The closure will stretch along Central Avenue, that's also US Highway 52 and Highway 3, from 21st Street to 32nd street.

The city of Dubuque says work along Central Avenue will include replacing nine fire hydrants, 36 water valves and some existing pavement, among other repairs and replacements.

Al Maiers has owned his barber shop on Central Avenue for 38 years and has seen major road construction there in the past.

"I'm sure the businesses are going to get hurt," Maiers said. "Common sense tells you if they can't travel, they're going to try to avoid it, you know."

Dubuque assistant city engineer Bob Schiesl said the project will improve public drinking water.

"It really helps us get some of that old, aging lead surface infrastructure out of the system and upgraded to current standards," Schiesl said. "To get to 80 plus water surfaces repaired and replaced, it's going to take every bit of three months."

The city will be redirecting traffic from Central Avenue to Jackson Street throughout the duration of the project.

Schiesl said the city has notified businesses and residents through public input meetings, mailings and notices in the newspaper.

The construction will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 23, at which time the entire stretch of Central Avenue from 21st Street to 32nd Street will be closed to through traffic.

The construction contract is almost $500,000. That's 12 percent under the estimated probable cost.

Online Reporter: Becca Habegger

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