With summer pretty much here, crews with the Jasper Street Department are being kept busy with various projects.

The first of these is a new stop sign that was installed last Friday along Main Street at the intersection with 11th. The new stop was originally approved by the Jasper Board of Public Works and common council last month.

Jasper street commissioner Rayme Eckerle says the new sign should help to alleviate safety concerns in the area:

Now Jasper police chief Mike Bennett originally told the Board of Public Works there had only been 3 accidents in the area within the last 3 years. However city officials including engineer Chad Hurm took a closer look at the area and recommended the addition of the stop sign to the board. The sign also features red flags and a flashing light on top to alert motorists headed northbound along Main Street. Eckerle says the flags and light will likely be taken down after about a month to allow motorist to get used to the new sign.

The street department is also hard at work replacing sidewalks along residential streets across the city. Work is currently underway along both 12th and 14th Streets. New construction will take place along each street between Newton and Mill Streets. Eckerle says safety is the main priority in the replacement project:

As far as other street projects go, Eckerle says the weather has delayed resurfacing work to be completed on both Kluemper Road and Lechner Lane. He says he’s hopeful that work can be resumed in the next week or two.