City of Elkader - Carter Street Rehab Project Updates

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April 14, 2021 UPDATE: 


JB Holland Construction, from Decorah, has been awarded the contract for the Carter Street Rehab Project. 

They plan to begin work on April 26, 2021 (or soon thereafter depending upon the weather). 

The rehab project includes replacement of water main, sanitary sewer main, new storm sewer main and replacement of pavement and will encompass both blocks of Carter Street. 

The work will be divided into several different STAGES. They will start with Phase 1 and residents will be notified as they progress through the phases. 


This Sheet is a overview of the phases. 

This PAGE shows the different detours. For most of the project, traffic will be detoured on Davidson Street if it is hospital traffic, and on First Street if it is non-hospital traffic. During this process we ask that agriculture related traffic (tractors, trucks with anhydrous, floaters, etc. use Edgewood Road to Hwy 56 to get to town.) 


Phase I is replacing sanitary sewer from the intersection of First and Davidson Streets to Spring Street. 

• Traffic will be routed around on Main Street (turn on Cedar Street to Main Street to Hill Street to First Street to Carter Street). 

• This phase should take 16 days. 


Phase II begins at the intersection of Davidson/First/Carter Streets. 

• The work entails complete reconstruction – water main, sewer main, storm sewer and pavement. It will take 38 days. 

• This block of Carter will be split in half to accommodate parents using the daycare. The first part will be constructed to houses #810/#813. 

• Residents will not have access to their driveways so please make other arrangements. You will be able to park near the beginning/end of the construction. 

• Regular traffic will be detoured around on First Street; traffic going to the hospital will use Davidson Street. 

• The contractor will take care of collecting garbage and getting it to a location for Hawkeye Sanitation to pick-up. They will also take care of creating a centralized location for mail. 

• The utilities will be brought to the back of the curb, but if a property owner needs their private water or sewer line (laterals) reconstructed please let me know as soon as possible. That can be done with this project but it is at the property owners’ expense. 

• Please be aware that if the contractor and our PeopleService representative feel your private sewer line is in such condition that the new line cannot be attached, you will need to replace enough for them to attach to. Also, if your waterline is lead, by federal law, it has to be replaced. 

• The contractor will restore anything that is disturbed during construction. If grass restoration is not done before the end of the construction season they will return in the spring. Please be patient in the spring. They will be back but typically property owners want to start working on their yards before contractors are back. 


Please call with questions. 563-245-2098


View Project Plans HERE   


Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the City of Elkader, Iowa on the proposed Contract Documents (plans, specifications, and form of contract) and estimated total cost for the Carter Street Reconstruction project at its meeting at 6:30 P.M. on the 22nd day of March, 2021, in the City Council Chambers, Elkader City Hall, 207 N. Main, PO Box 427, Elkader, Iowa, 52043.

Carter Street Notice to Bidders and Notice of Public Hearing


At the August 24, 2020 Council meeting, the Elkader City Council approved a contract amendment for the project engineer to redesign the street from 31’ to 28’ with a 4’ sidewalk. Once those changes to the plans are done, then permits from IDNR can be applied for and the goal is to accept bids in early December. This would allow for construction to start in Spring 2021. 


A presentation given to the Elkader City Council on August 10, 2020 can be viewed HERE


A public meeting for the project was held on May 26, 2020. The presentation from that meeting can be viewed HERE