Free Tree Guards

Decorah Tree Board Offering Free Tree Guards

Decorah, IA (October 26, 2020) – During the fall and winter, wildlife can severely damage young
trees. Deer browse the twigs, rabbits and small rodents eat the bark at the base of the trees, and
deer rub their antlers on the trunks of the trees. Antler rubbing, which removes the bark and vital
tissue underneath, is a special threat at this time of year.

To assist property owners in protecting young trees planted in boulevards, the Decorah Tree Board
is offering free tree guards while the supply lasts. The guards are made of sturdy plastic and are
wrapped around the trunks of the trees, providing a barrier that discourages deer from rubbing and
rabbits from eating the bark.

To request tree guards, contact the Tree Board by e-mail at
Please note that the tree guards are only available for trees planted in boulevards along Decorah

Property owners can also make their own tree guards using hardware cloth, chicken wire, or fencing
material. Deer rubbing usually occurs at a height of 1 to 4 feet, so homemade guards should extend
to a height of at least 4 feet. When fabricating a guard, remember that rabbits can climb on
snowbanks and eat the bark as far as they can reach.

Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 or City Hall at 382-3651 with any questions.

Pine Crest Drive and Locust Road to Be Closed Starting 10/21

Intersection of Pine Crest Drive and Locust Road to Be Closed Starting on 10/21

Decorah, IA (October 16, 2020) – The City of Decorah is notifying residents that starting on Wednesday, October 21, the east end of Pine Crest Drive will be closed at Locust Road. As a result, there will be no thru traffic from Locust Road to Pine Crest Drive. This means that residents using the local detour of Ridge Road to Pine Crest Drive to Locust Road will need to use the official detour or alternative routes.

The closure is needed to allow the contractor to make the planned improvements to the Locust Road and Pine Crest Drive intersection. This includes grading, new pavement, and new storm sewer pipe. The work is expected to last for a few weeks. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 or City Hall at 382-3651 with any questions.

Pinecrest and Locust Rd Closure

Road Work Ahead Newsletter 10-13-2020

Newsletter October 13, 2020

Newsletter October 13 2020

Link to downloadable version of PDF above Newsletter-October-13-2020.pdf

Text only version of PDF above

Locust Road Improvements
Construction on Locust Road continues to move along nicely. The contractor has started paving the
first section of the road which runs from College Drive to just beyond 613 Locust Road. The north
half of this section was paved last week, and the south half will be paved starting on Friday,
October 16ᵗʰ. The contractor will be contacting residents to coordinate access to driveways during
the paving process. Thank you for your patience.
Contractors finish paving the north half of Locust Road near the intersection with College Drive
(photo courtesy of McClure Engineering).
After the contractor has completed both sides of the first section of the road, they will start
paving the second section which will run from 613 Locust Road to Pine Crest Drive. This second
section will be a “rural” cross section, which means the road will be a few feet wider but will not
have any curb and gutter.

In this section, water will flow through road ditches and new culverts that have been installed
under driveways and at several areas that cross underneath
Locust Road.

As paving of the road progresses, the
contractor will also be working on paving new driveway approaches and installing new sidewalk.
Again, the contractor will notify
residents if access will be limited.

Thank YOU.
We greatly appreciate everyone’s continued patience through this disruptive construction season,
especially those directly impacted by reduced access or increased traffic due to a detour. We know
projects like these are an inconvenience, so we want to thank you again for your patience,
endurance, and understanding.

Quarry Street Improvements
Construction on the Quarry Street project started last week with the contractor installing the new
storm sewer at the east end of the street. The contractor will work from east to west and connect
to the existing pipe on College Drive.

Because of the flat grade through this area, large arch pipe will be used instead of regular
circular pipe. The arch pipe provides the same capacity as conventional circular pipe but can be
installed in areas where
conditions require shallower installation.

Questions? Contact Us.
City Engineer (563) 382-2157
City Hall
(563) 382-3651