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Project description: The utilities project involves the installation of a trunk sanitary sewer and water mains to serve land annexed into North Liberty near Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road, including new Liberty High School. The project will cost an estimated $5.2 million dollars.
Planning to bring municipal sewer and water to the east of North Liberty began in 2013, when the Iowa City Community School District announced its plan to open its third comprehensive high school, Liberty High School, near Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road. The school is scheduled to open for the 2017 school year.
The contract was awarded to Langman Contracting on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The project is expected to be completed by June 1, 2016.Learn more about this project.
Project description: A four-stage reconstruction of Highway 965 from the Penn Street intersection to Pheasant Lane to remove the highway’s bank, add turn lanes and traffic signals at Scales Bend Road (seen to the right), improvements to the intersection with Dubuque Street, the addition of trails and sidewalks, as well as landscaping and street light improvements. The first two stages are shown above; stages 3 and 4 are scheduled for 2015.
Start date: Stage 1 was completed in the fall of 2014, as was some of Stage 2. The balance of Stage 2, including the reconstruction of the intersections of Scales Bend Road and Dubuque Street, is scheduled for the spring of 2015, with the final two stages are scheduled for 2015.
Detour and access: Stage 2 work will close the Dubuque Street and Scales Bend Road intersections. Pheasant Lane and 230th Street will serve as the detour route.
The City of Coralville has started reconstruction of Highway 965/Coral Ridge Avenue from Oakdale Boulevard to Holiday Road; details are available at www.coralville.org/coralridgeave.Learn more about this project.
Hickory Street Water Main
Project description: The replacement of the old, inadequate water main serving the homes on Hickory Street, an upgrade to the storm water sewer on the street’s southern end, and a new asphalt surface.
Service to homes may be disrupted temporarily during construction. Additionally, driveway aprons may have to be removed and then replaced. The right-of-way along Hickory Steet will likely be dug up and then replaced and reseeded before the project is completed.
Start date: The project, part of three water main projects, is expected to go out for bid in April, with the project starting in late April or early May.
Creekside Commons Sanitary Sewer Upgrade
Project description: A new sanitary sewer will be installed from the North Liberty waste water treatment plant to Creekside Commons Park west of Front Street. The project will install about 3,000 feet of new 30-inch and 36-inch pipe parallel to the existing line and will help meet the projected needs for the city’s sewer system. The construction area will be limited to city-owned property and utility easements, and will use a trenchless method to cross Front Street. Planned work will not close traffic lanes along Front Street or Abigail Avenue near Van Allen Elementary.
Start date: Work is planned for late February or March 2015, with an expected completion in July 2015.
North Liberty Recreation Trail Upgrade
Project description: Repair, resurfacing and upgrades to the recreation trail from Penn Street to Forevergreen Road, including some widening and regrading. During the project, sections of the trail will be closed for work, starting with the section between Penn and Cherry streets, then between Cherry and Zeller streets, then Zeller Street and Golfview Drive, and then finally between Golfview Drive and Forevergreen Road. Engineers estimate the cost of this project will be approximately $310,000
Start date and timeline: The project is expected to go out for bid on March 17, 2015, be awarded on April 14, 2015, with work beginning in mid-May 2015. The project is expected to be completed by the end of September, 2015.
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Q: Is it necessary to close Highway 965 completely? HWY 965
A: Some traffic would need to have been detoured during the project, but by closing Highway 965, instead of allowing some traffic on part of the road during work, will save an estimated $400,000 in throwaway costs such as temporary pavement and equipment staging. It also allows contractors to work more safely and faster, and will save an estimated 11 weeks of construction time. So while the full closure will cause some short-term inconvenience, we believe the trade off is for the better.
Q: Will there be traffic lights at Alexander Way and Penn Street for the detour? HWY 965
A: We understand that is a heavily traveled stretch of Penn Street and the detoured traffic will be add more cars. There will be signals at the intersection for the duration of the detours to help cars turning from Alexander Way onto Penn Street.