Reconstruction Costs Jump By 26-Thousand Dollars for Downtown Newton Parking Lot

The cost of reconstructing the City-owned parking lot on the northeast corner of North 2nd Avenue West and West 3rd Street North in downtown Newton has increased by over 26-thouosand dollars. The City Council this week approved change orders adding an additional 26-thousand 783-dollars to the cost. TK Concrete of Pella is doing the work after submitting a low bid of 294-thousand 972-dollars. The added expense, according to City staff, is due to discoveries that were made after the old parking lot paving was removed. An old motel basement was found. Staff says old brick from the motel was disposed of on site in the basement. That brick must be removed and new material has to be brought in to complete installation of a new storm sewer. Staff notes there’s also an issue with the new storm sewer pipe and the existing 10-inch gas main and water main. Modifications have to be made to the design of the storm sewer by installing two smaller pipes instead of one larger pipe, and installing an additional storm sewer junction box. Newton’s Community Service Manager Brian Laube, says this project has been effected by a trio of problems since it began September 3rd.

When the project is completed, the downtown parking lot will have a new 6-inch Portland Cement Concrete surface…reconstructed adjacent alleys and curbs and gutters…and new sidewalks.