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Construction A Happy Sight In LeClaire Bluffs Neighborhood

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Damage on the streets is nothing new for the Bluffs subdivision in LeClaire where residents have been dealing with erosion for years. After a temporary fix last year major work is now underway to make it right and the construction is a welcome sight for residents there.

Work is beginning on sections of Bridgeview Place and 8th Street where an entire lane is ripped out all the way up to driveways on one side of the street. It's causing some headaches for homeowners but they say it's nothing compared to frustrations they've endured up until now.

"It's nice to see it. It's taken a long time, a lot of years have gone into this," said John Edwards who lives on the corner of 8th and Bridgeview.

His wife Billie added, "We bought the house almost 11 years ago and we started noticing problems then."

There have been issues like the slabs of their driveway approach separating and sinking several inches because of large voids underneath the surface. The same thing has been found up and down the streets.

About a year and half ago the city spent about $370,000 for emergency mudjacking which was a temporary fix . Now, that's all coming out and another $835,000 has been allocated for these repairs.

"It's big money when we're talking streets," said Billie Edwards.

Studies found issues with surface water drainage, lack of backfill at curbs, and poorly compacted dirt. All of that on top of a soil type that can easily erode.

"it's a good gesture by the city to start working with us on it but it's something they probably should have done sooner than that," said Rick Kane who lives nearby.

These first two sections are the top priority out of nearly 20 portions in the neighborhood that need work done. Mayor Bob Scannell says the reconstruction includes better drainage methods and a rock sub-base but it's been a trial and error process to figure out a solution for everything.

"If the road damage has come onto our properties, we're still trying to determine who's responsible for that type of damage," added Kane.

Mayor Scannell says the council will discuss how to move forward with other areas in question after a look at soil sample findings in the next couple of weeks.

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