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Keokuk Looking to Replace Roads

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The Keokuk City Council must decide how the city should pay for some highly-anticipated street work.

Keokuk replaced some sewer lines around Wells-Carey Elementary about two years ago.

The project required crews to tear up several streets to do the work.

Keokuk did not immediately replace them, though, because the sewer needed time to settle.  Gravel was added for the time being, but that has led to plenty of complaints from residents about dust.

The city has received three bids to replace portions of nine streets.  The lowest came from Hickey Construction (Keokuk) at nearly $2-million, which is slightly more than original estimates.

The city has roughly $1.5-million dollars available in TIF revenue, which means Keokuk would have to borrow the rest of the money needed for the project.

The city council’s finance committee has been asked to review the finances and to make a recommendation on how to pay for the work.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.