Dallas County Secondary Roads will be replacing the pavement between Dexter and F59 and the Guthrie/Dallas County line to Redfield this May.
The County has contracted with Henningsen Construction out of Atlantic to replace 6.9 miles on P48 and F59 between Dexter and Redfield. During construction, slated for the middle of May, the road will be closed to all through traffic, but access will be maintained for residents. The road is expected to be closed until the middle of August.
According to County Engineer Jim George, close to 20 homes will be affected during the project, however, those affected will be able to attend two public meetings-one at the Redfield American Legion Hall at 5 p.m. and the other at the Dexter Roundhouse at 7 p.m. both held on Thursday, May 8- to discuss the project further.
The project will begin with the removal of the existing pavement with some material being removed beneath the old pavement to be used to flatten the foreslopes. The crushed pavement will be reused as a base material under the new pavement and other leftover material will be used for shouldering.
Eight inches of pavement will be laid and constructed in three layers. After paving, the shouldering and painting of the centerline as well as seedling will occur.
Mailboxes will be removed from the shoulder to allow for paving and shouldering. The county will move the affected mailboxes along the corresponding driveway within the county right-of-way. After construction is complete, the county will move the mailboxes back to their original locations.
Two utility projects will also be taking place during the beginning of the paving project with Alliant Energy replacing their distribution line starting at 310th St. into Dexfield Road into Dexter. ITC Midwest will also be rebuilding the transmission line along the project route. Landowners will be notified by their corresponding utility.
Updates on the construction can be viewed on the Dallas County website at www.co.dallas.ia.us under the link “P48 and F59 construction information.”
Those with questions regarding the project can contact the Dallas County Road Department at 515-993-4289, Project Manager Andy Case at 515-493-6267, or Chief Inspector Rob Lehman at 515-371-9848.