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Road Construction Starting in North Liberty

North Liberty, Iowa, April 21, 2010 — In an effort to improve traffic, the City of North Liberty will be breaking ground on two major road construction projects in May: Highway 965 and West Forevergreen Road.

The plan for Highway 965 is to begin with adding signals at the intersection of Cherry Street which will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The next part of the Highway 965 project, phase one, is funded by various sources including locally generated tax dollars and state transportation funds.  Phase one tasks include adding a stoplight and realigning Golfview  Drive with Fairview Lane in order to provide easier access for both streets, as well as adding a signal at Ashley Court and adding turning lanes at Lions Drive and Hawkeye Drive. The plan is to work on the two south intersections first, working on the east side of the street and progressing north, two intersections at a time; the west side intersections will be completed in reverse order.

Though normal routes to some businesses on the south end of Highway 965 will be affected, the city will provide signage and detours to these businesses to ensure consumers can still access the businesses on Highway 965. Two lanes will be open at all times during construction, but drivers should expect delays. This phase is scheduled to start this summer and conclude by the end of the year, if weather conditions are optimal.

City Administrator, Ryan Heiar, says, “Improving the streets in North Liberty is a major goal for the City Council and staff. We want these projects to be as unobtrusive as possible, while enhancing the transportation system throughout the City.”

Construction on West Forevergreen Road will begin in early May. The street will be closed until the project is complete later this year; drivers cannot travel to or from Jones Boulevard using Forevergreen. This project includes reconstruction and overlays, which are funded by local generated tax dollars.

Please plan your travels accordingly and be courteous to other drivers and the workers who are completing these important projects. The City of North Liberty thanks you for your patience. For comments, please contact City Hall at (319) 626-5700 or email webmaster@northlibertyiowa.org.

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