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Delays ahead: Asbury Road construction begins Monday in Asbury

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The reconstruction of Asbury Road between its intersection with Radford and Heacock Road is set to begin Monday in Asbury. The $2 million project will improve Asbury Road between Radford and Heacock. City officials said the road's condition has deteriorated through the years. They said the road also needs safety improvements.

"This will give us pedestrian safety. There will be a curb and gutter, there will be a boulevard, and sidewalks on both sides. Safety is a big concern and the road really just isn't designed to handle the traffic that it has today," Asbury mayor Jim Adams said.

The construction which will be executed by Horsfield Construction, Inc. of Epworth will increase the road from 24 feet wide to 41 feet wide. A center turning lane will also be added to the road and the Hales Mill intersection will be improved.

"Hales Mill is not very ideal. It's amazing we have had as few accidents (there) as we have," Adams said.

City officials said the construction project will be done in phases, with the first phase beginning Monday. Beginning Monday, the road will be closed to all thru traffic between Heacock and Hales Mill. Adams said the intersection at Hales Mill will remain open. Officials warn the construction will cause delays.

"It will be a nightmare. Everyone is going to be trying to get to Dubuque and points (to the) east, but they will have to go around the construction zone. We have a detour path, but traffic on that is going to back up at the intersections. It's going to be difficult. People just need to be patient and allow some extra time," Adams said.

Officials said they anticipate the first segment of construction to be complete and open to traffic by mid-July. The second segment of reconstruction east of Radford Road will then be tackled mid-summer to early fall. City officials said they anticipate all construction will be completed in four months. Sarah Bellings lives along Asbury Road near Radford Road. She said she knows the reconstruction of Asbury Road is needed, but she is not looking forward to it.

"It's going to be a mess, we have really busy traffic along Asbury Road," Bellings said.

Bellings said she is also frustrated that the construction is going to cost her money.

"I know it has to be done. It's a good thing. However, the cost to the residents is quite high. So that's a big concern for me and my husband," Bellings said.

Bellings said she is going to need to pay for some parts of her driveway that will be impacted by the construction. She said the last estimate she received on the project was $2,700. City officials said some homeowners will need to pay for some of the construction on the sidewalks near their home as well as their driveways. Adams said there will be consequences for people who do not abide the detour while construction is taking place.

"The sign says detour, follow that warning. We will be strictly enforcing local traffic. Detours need to be obeyed. It is safety for everyone, especially the workers. The (project) will get done faster if everybody respects those signs," Adams said.

Adams said the project will be funded through money the city has set aside. 

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