Sally port sails along after contaminated soil removed

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Construction is back on track for the Perry Police Department's new 6,300-square-foot sally port. The $500,000 project began in July by Altoona-based JAS Concrete and is expected to be completed this fall.

The pace of construction of the Perry Police Department’s new sally port has picked up since the contaminated soil was removed from the site.

Work on the project stopped for several weeks after crews detected the coal tar and while soil tests were conducted.

Perry City Administrator Sven Peterson said the city worked with its environmental consultant, Impact 7G, and arranged for the contaminated soil to be transported to the Metro Park West landfill north of Perry.

Peterson said talks are ongoing with MidAmerican Energy regarding the cost of the cleanup. Coal tar from a nearby MidAmerican site was believed to be the source of the contamination.

Peterson said the project is now “back on track” at 908 Willis Ave.

Construction of the 6,300 square foot sally port began in July by Altoona-based JAS Concrete. The $500,000 project is expected to be completed this fall.

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