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Over Two Decades of Building Relationships through Community Development Services

Situated along the scenic Maquoketa River, the City of Monticello is centrally located between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque in east-central Iowa. Monticello offers its residents the charm and character of small-town living while being just a short drive away from larger metro areas that provide entertainment and employment opportunities. For more than two decades, Snyder & Associates has filled the role of engineering representative for the City of Monticello, aiding in the design and implementation of many infrastructure projects of varying complexity.

As part of our team’s work for the city, we’ve also partnered with Jones County and the Monticello Regional Airport on many successful projects ranging from bridge replacement to stormwater improvements to site development review. Our day-to-day services extend beyond the limits of project involvement and include our regular presence at city council meetings, as well as planning and review conversations with private developers and commercial interests.

As a multi-disciplined engineering firm, Snyder & Associates offers a full range of municipal engineering services to help towns, cities, and counties manage their development and engineering needs. Our firm’s approach to municipal engineering involves assigning each client with a single point of contact, backed by a support staff of over 200 professionals working behind the scenes. This standard provides a level of professionalism that has allowed Monticello to tackle large-scale projects, while at the same time providing the flexibility to manage the town’s everyday engineering needs.

Handling Commonplace Tasks with Professionalism & Enthusiasm

With a large pool of talented professionals on staff, our firm is able to perform a wide spectrum of tasks, no matter the size. Among the services that Snyder & Associates provides for the City of Monticello as the engineering representative are:

East 1st Street Bridge Replacement

Rural road crossing an obsolete bridge.

The aging East 1st Street Bridge no longer met the service requirements of the community.

As a prime example of our work for the city, Snyder & Associates recently completed the replacement of the East 1st Street Bridge. The new 100’-long x 30’-wide continuous concrete slab bridge replaced an aging structure that had deteriorated to a point it was no longer serviceable. This project included a comprehensive bridge design by our subsidiary, Shuck-Britson, as well as all construction observation services throughout the process. As part of the bridge replacement, we also coordinated numerous utility relocations to accommodate the new structure and performed a wetland delineation on the surrounding ecosystem.

East South Street Reconstruction

The reconstruction efforts along East South Street highlight

Construction crew cutting pavement in preparation for reconstruction.

Crews work on the East South Street reconstruction project.

another key service we provide for Monticello. While not a long section of roadway, this busy corridor in the heart of town passes by the fire station, police department, public safety building, and the Monticello Community School District bus facility, as well as provides access to a major employer in town. Our team had to coordinate full access to these public safety facilities throughout the project. We also created a plan to convert numerous overhead utilities to underground, which enhanced the aesthetic of the area.

Water Tower Rehabilitation

Another service our team provided for the community was the rehabilitation of the town’s water tower. More than just performing general maintenance on the steel and coordinating the paint application, as the municipal engineer for the community,

Freshly painted above ground water tower displaying the CIty of Monticello, Iowa logo.

Monticello’s refurbished water tower incorporates the town log into the name.

we also investigated any environmental concerns (presence of asbestos) and other issues that would need to be dealt with before paint could be applied. We also coordinated for the temporary relocation of aerial antennas on the tower while the rehabilitation project took place. This process also included close collaboration and input from the community in selecting the paint color, logo location, and other aesthetic features that affected the final design.

These projects are just a sampling of what we’ve helped the community of Monticello accomplish. They have resulted in improved street conditions and maintenance plans, improved utility infrastructure, comprehensive planning for future growth, upgraded stormwater conveyance and management, and provided long-term capital planning, just to name a few.

At Snyder & Associates, we provide our clients with services that are proactive, responsive, and cost-effective. We help communities plan responsibly for sustainable growth and we work diligently to nurture strong relationships, appreciate multiple perspectives, and respect the culture of each community we serve. Most important, we know it takes experienced, skilled professionals to gain the trust of our clients. We have earned that trust with many cities and towns like Monticello.