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City Council reviews Sumner Avenue sidewalk options

More than six inches of heavy, wet snow blanketed Humboldt County overnight on May 2. The Humboldt Street Department had been busy picking up junk from the curbside for the annual junk day clean up, but crews were back in the snow removal mode starting early in the morning. Snow is shown being removed from the 700 block of Sumner Avenue. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt City Council reviewed plans for a new sidewalk with a retaining wall and wrought iron railing on Sumner Avenue, west and south of the Sumner Avenue Bridge during its regular bi-monthly meeting Monday night.
The council reviewed a couple of options prepared by Derek Johnson, professional engineer with Schlotfeldt Engineering in Webster City.
The first option is a barrier system with a sidewalk behind it, with a tall retaining wall.
The second option is using the existing retaining wall, demolishing the sidewalk and constructing a new sidewalk behind the wall with another retaining wall behind it. The second retaining wall would be elevated and would have a railing on top to keep pedestrians on the sidewalk.
The council directed city staff to have engineering plans developed for the second option.
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