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Readying Roads for Liberty

Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road Roundabout and Widening

Continued preparation for the opening of Liberty High School and residential development north and south of Dubuque Street. This project includes widening Dubuque Street to include turn lanes, grading and paving a portion of North Liberty Road north of Dubuque Street and constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road.

Timing: The contract was awarded to Streb Construction on Feb. 9, 2016. Work is expected to begin by March 1, 2016. Work is expected to be completed by May 1, 2017.

Traffic: During construction, North Liberty Road will be closed between Dubuque Street and Oak Lane.

On Dubuque Street, one lane of westbound traffic, into North Liberty, will be open throughout construction.

Eastbound traffic out of North Liberty will initially be able to stay on Dubuque Street during the first step of roundabout construction. North Liberty Road south of Dubuque Street will be closed.

During the second step, eastbound traffic out of North Liberty will be detoured south on North Liberty Road to Rustic Ridge Road and Oakdale Boulevard.

The contractor has incentives for completing the project ahead of schedule.

Cost: The project was awarded to Streb Construction with a bid of $3,974,446.70, with incentives for early completion.

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Penn Street Decongestion

This project will ease congestion on Penn Street by adding additional lanes from Alexander Way to Interstate 380, increasing the capacity of Penn Street and the intersection at Kansas Avenue. Permanent traffic signals will be installed at Penn Street and Alexander Way, and utility lines will be moved underground, as well.

Timing: The contract was awarded to Metro Pavers on Jan. 12, 2016. Work is expected to begin by April 4, 2016. Work will likely run until September.

Traffic: Traffic will be shifted to allow work on the north and south of Penn Street. Two lanes will remain open during the project, though turn lanes may be eliminated at times during the project.

Cost: The project was awarded to Metro Pavers with a bid of $1,905,259.45. This project is funded in part by the Iowa DOT’s Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program.

Eastside Utilities


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.

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