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Night work completes U.S. 63 resurfacing job

October 9, 2012
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A section of U.S. Highway 63 south (South County Road) in Toledo was resurfaced overnight on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27-28.

While road work performed at night is not unusual in the warm climates of the western and southwestern U.S. due to heat in the daytime, it isn't seen much here.

Doug McDonald, Iowa Department of Transportation resident engineer at Marshalltown, said the work in Toledo was done at night at the request of the contractor.

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Work was underway on Thursday night, Sept. 27, on resurfacing a stretch of U.S. Highway 63 (South County Road) in Toledo. Work was done after dark due to less traffic in the busy corridor according to Iowa Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Doug McDonald, Marshalltown.

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" The work area goes by many business entrances and working at night is safer and easier for the contractor." McDonald said in an email to The Chronicle.

The work is part of a larger patching and "sport overlays" project taking place on Highway 63 from Toledo to U.S. Highway 6 in Poweshiek County.

The total job is costing $540,000 with the Toledo part estimated at $90,000, McDonald said.

"The work involves milling 3 inches of pavement and placing 3 inches of new hot mix asphalt for all 4 lanes between Business US 30 and 2nd Avenue," he wrote.

Asked about water on the roadway in the area after a rain he said, "If this is the area where water was pooling the new pavement should channel the water to the curb."



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