April 7th, 2011


It is time to finally paint our parking stripes in the downtown area.

Please be aware of the following general schedule for the paint crews.

Starting Friday morning (April 8th) crews will begin the process to paint all traffic markings. It is anticipated that they will start on Main Street but this may be dependent on the number of vehicles in the area.

Once the process begins crews have been instructed to close no more than two parking sections (city blocks) at a time. Parking area being defined as a city block parking section – one entire side of the street. Once that area is complete and dry another area will be closed and so on.

Painting should take about 3 days to complete. The process will include grinding a portion of the concrete away and filling the ground section with durable epoxy paint.

After the painting is complete we will then move to permanent signage installation – perhaps by the end of next week (April 15th).

On another note, clean up of the Courthouse lawn will be complete by Monday, April 11th. Sod work will begin after the recommended planting date of April 15th.

As always, thank you for your patience.


Chad A. Bird
City Administrator
City of Adel

April 4th, 2011


As our crews continue to work diligently on punch list items many details are being addressed.

The major work task this week will be to address the ‘trench” settling along the north side of Main Street in the 900 block. Work on this area should commence this week with removal of the brick, compaction and concrete work and then replacing the brick. It is anticipated this work will take the majority of the week.

Parking on the north side of Main will be prohibited during the work on this punch list item.

Other items in the works or recently completed include:

All major lighting and electrical work is complete, there is still some minor hand work to complete.

Landscaping plans are under way but must wait for the critical planting date of April 15 to actual begin. Once begun, that work should be completed in short order.

The new street banners are up, new banners with a new look.

All areas of the street and parking remain open. Only spot parking or driving restrictions will be enforced as work progresses.

Street signs and parking zone painting is planned but is also weather dependant. This work should commence around the April 15th date also.

As always, thank you for your patience.


Chad A. Bird
City Administrator
City of Adel

March 19th, 2011


Well, the final brick have been installed and the handicap let downs are complete. The intersection at South 9th and Prairie is permanently open. 9th Street will be open on Monday morning.

City staff and elected officials held a walk through of the project site to create a punch list of repairs and work on that punch list will begin Monday morning. You should notice several different crews working on various aspects and final details in the next week.

Some of the punch list items that should be under way next week:

  • Remove and replace any “bad” brick and inlay areas
  • Final electrical work – lights
  • Minor concrete removal and replace
  • Landscaping and fill back of curb
  • Drinking fountain installation

Work that is weather dependent and may not start until mid April:

  • Final and permanent landscaping including flowers and plants
  • Painting and striping of parking areas
  • Final sign placement

If you have any questions on items specific to your building or area, please call or email me and we will try to get it addressed in the next couple of weeks.

Our contractor has indicated he would like to be completely done with this project by the end of April – I believe that to be an easily attainable target.

We are on the home stretch.

Thank you for your ongoing patience.


Chad A. Bird
City Administrator
City of Adel

March 14th, 2011

Crews have started laying bricks today along 9th St.

Once 9th is finished, crews will be begin on the final checklist to wrap up the brick street project.

Brick Street Update – 9th St. To Be Finished

Residents and Business owners,

Work on the intersection and south block of 9th Street is beginning this weekend with removal of temporary asphalt and cleanup. Barricades will be set up to close the street so crews have access to the brick inlay areas.

Please be advised access to Prairie and South 9th intersection and one block south of Main on 9th will be closed until the brick are installed.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Chad A. Bird
City Administrator
City of Adel

March 1st, 2011

Adel Brick Street Project – Start Up!

Now that the sun is shining, we are expecting our brick sub-contractor to be on site this week to begin the process of completing the installation of brick for the project. The contractor will start with the sidewalk and let down areas and proceed as weather permits.

No time table on the street portions yet, but they will not be far behind.

City staff will also be meeting with the contractor and engineer on the project in a couple of weeks to discuss the rest of the final details; signs, street painting, benches, and final clean up are on the list.

If you have any questions about this work process or any other aspect of this Spring’s finish work, please let me know.


November 29th, 2010

Courtesy of Chad Bird, City Administrator

As the project begins its final phases and wraps up major construction tasks for the season, I thought it appropriate to report on a few final upcoming tasks and reflect on the progress of work over the past six months.

As of Monday, November 29th, Main Street and 9th Street will be open for traffic; crews are onsite this morning working to clean the site and organize barricades and traffic control devises. Work will now focus on completing and opening the intersection at Prairie Street and 9th Street and then will commence on the last remaining block of 9th Street south of Main St. However, work on brick today will focus on smaller segment areas as there is concern of freezing rain tonight.

As of Saturday, November 27th, the last of the major concrete pours was completed; which opens all the sidewalks with the exception of the areas with inlaid brickwork yet to complete.

The plan is to continue to lay brick even after the streets are open. Brick will be laid in bump-out areas and sidewalks as weather continues to permit. In the event that the weather shuts down bricklaying for the year, concessions will be made to make the sidewalks as safe as possible for winter use by providing rock or other material in the uneven areas.

It is anticipated lighting will be here around the first week of December and installation should not take all that long, all the wiring and foundations are ready to go.

Some permanent traffic control signage will be installed this fall yet, but most permanent signage will be installed after the painted street and parking lines go down next spring. There are several instances where we would like to see the permanent paint and signs match or co-exist to provide for a more uniform parking and driving environment.

All brick and debris will be removed from the Courthouse lawn this fall. Final landscaping and sod replacement will take place this spring during optimum planting time.

It has been a long summer of construction but, despite the rain and sideline delays like installing extra water main, and the occasional act of vandalism, the project has gone well.

Phase I of the project included two street-blocks of work and no utilities other than to improve the existing storm water. This phase took 10 weeks and wrapped up in time for the Sweetcorn Festival.

Phase II of the project included two street-blocks of work, three intersections, and two sides of one street-block of sidewalks, it also included a water main improvement and a water main extension. This phase took 15 weeks and is looking to wrap up in the 16th week in time for the Holiday Open House December 3rd.

The entire project only saw two major “surprises”, a hidden room under the sidewalk along the east side of 9th Street and an old fuel oil tank along the north side of Main Street.

This has been Adel’s first significant brick street project in 100 years and will continue to enhance Adel’s reputation as a city rich with history and proud to preserve and protect its heritage.

Please join community leaders tomorrow, November 30th at 5:30pm for a brief “ribbon cutting” ceremony to commemorate the opening of Main Street.

Again, and as always, thank you for your continued patience and support during this tremendous undertaking.


November 28th, 2010

Crews worked through Wednesday on the Main and 9th St. intersection. The intersection is close to being accessible, we will have updates for you once Main is opened.

November 22th, 2010

Crews have laid the brick on 9th up to the Main street intersection. They’re working on the Main street intersection and the surrounding bump outs today. They’re also preparing the sidewalk corners for cement.

November 19th, 2010

Good Morning,

On this bright sunny day, I am happy to report that the intersection of Court Street and 9th Street has opened for traffic as has the first half block of 9th Street south to the Adel Health Mart. There are still a few details to clean up and a little sidewalk left to pour – but the streets are open in this area.

Schedule for today and into next week include continued general clean up of the entire site and installation of storm sewer intakes.

Brick work is continuing south and will be to the intersection of Main Street today. Saturday and Monday work will commence on laying brick in the intersection and transition areas along Main Street. At this time it is likely Main Street will be open in time for Thanksgiving.

Work continues on lighting and wiring – I do not have a date for completion of that work yet.

Be sure to stop in the Health Mart today as not only do they have street access again, they are celebrating their annual open house from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

(Please note in this area, traffic will be allowed to move south on 9th Street and should exit the area via the alley. This will provide a “circular” driving pattern in the area and aid in traffic control.)

Have a great week.


Chad A. Bird
City Administrator
City of Adel 

November 17th, 2010

Crews are working to finish the bricks on 9th today. The goal is to complete the section from the Court St, intersection to the alley. Thursday is the projected date to open the Court and 9th street intersection with traffic being able to proceed down 9th to the alley . Parking on the West side of the street should also be open.