Rocksylvania Avenue

The City of Iowa Falls will pay a Cedar Falls company $1.1 million to replace a water main along Rocksylvania Avenue (pictured above) and water and sewer lines on Fremont Street. The project's price was estimated to be around $990,000, but material and labor shortages are pushing many contractors' bids higher.

The rising cost of construction – driven by supply chain issues and labor shortages – will be paid by the City of Iowa Falls as it undertakes infrastructure projects that officials say can wait no longer.

On Monday, the Iowa Falls City Council reluctantly accepted two bids that came in above the engineer’s estimates - one by more than 25 percent. The urgency of the projects and the current outlook on construction prices put council members between a rock and a hard place – unable to bring the price down, and unable to delay the projects any longer.

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