BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council has approved extending the deadline to complete the Low Head Dam Modification Project underway by Boone Water Works on the Des Moines River. The contractor for the project, Richards Construction Company of Sac City and Keller Excavating of Boone had requested the project be extended to the end of February. Boone Mayor John Slight, on Tuned In Tuesday, said the Council did not have an issue with the extension and more importantly is did not add to the cost of the project.
Last week, City Administrator Luke Nelson had said the work had been made difficult because of the extremely cold temperatures. Work has included the removal of ice to place boulders in the river as part of the project. Even though the river level is low, the cold is still creating some issues. Cold weather has also apparently affected some of the equipment.
Originally the work was to have been done before the end of 2013, but the contractor at the time, Drake Construction was unable to meet the deadline. The work was then turned over to Richards Construction and was to have been completed by the end of January. Keller Excavating is handling the portion of the project that calls for the acquisition and transporting of the boulders that will be placed at the dam.