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Masks required in city’s buildings

Masks required in city’s buildings

The City of North Liberty now requires masks in its public, indoor spaces. These spaces include the Community Center, City Hall and Council Chambers. This requirement will be in effect while Johnson County sees substantial and high levels of community coronavirus transmission.

This policy, in line with public health guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johnson County Public Health, is targeted to help protect the community from the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, which is responsible for increasing hospitalizations, including among children.

While the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant is concerning, vaccines provide excellent protection against serious illness and help protect others who are vulnerable to the disease. The best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from COVID-19 is to get a free vaccination, available for those 12 and older at local pharmacies and hospitals. Visit vaccinate.iowa.gov to find a site for a free, safe and effective vaccination convenient for you.

The city’s approach to its public health policies are a dial, not a switch, as we provide targeted mitigation in line with guidance from our public health partners. As guidance and conditions change, we will update our policies.

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Public Infrastructure Projects

No one likes dealing with road construction, but our growing town needs it, and keeping up with changes can be hard. This is an overview of major public infrastructure projects. You can keep up to date on these projects and their impacts online, by signing up for emailliking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. If you’re looking for our notices of invitations to bid or requests for proposals, you can find them here.

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Current Projects

The full build out of Ranshaw Way (Highway 965) between Zeller Street and Hawkeye Drive, including widening to four lanes, addition of turn lanes, as well as adding pedestrian connectivity including side paths and an underpass south of Golfview Lane.

Timing: A contract is expected to be awarded in April 2021 through the Iowa Department of Transportation. Construction is estimated to begin in June 2021, with completion in 2022.

Cost: The City Council awarded this project to Peterson Contractors, Inc., on May 11, 2021, on a bid of $7,882,878.58.

Traffic impact: Traffic will be shifted during early phases, but detoured for the full closure of Ranshaw Way south of Fairview Lane to Hawkeye Drive for the final phase of the project, which could last 12 weeks and may occur in the spring of 2022.

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The first phase of Dubuque Street reconstruction will rebuild and realign the intersections of Dubuque Street with Cherry and Front streets, offer pedestrian features and improvements at Cherry and Dubuque streets and landscaping through the project. The realignment of the two intersections will improve sightlines as well as pedestrian and vehicle flow in the area around Heyn’s Ice Cream, Penn Elementary, Reds Alehouse and Sugar Bottom Bikes, as well as begin the transformation of both the Dubuque Street and Cherry Street corridors in future years.

Timing: A contract is expected to be awarded in late 2021 and constructed in 2022.

Cost: This project is expected to cost about $3.0 million.

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A building to house city administration, planning, building, communications, legal and other other departments, replacing the current, temporary leased facility at Quail Creek Circle. The new building is planned for the city-owned civic campus area, currently containing the Police and Fire departments, along Cherry Street.

Timing: Design work has begun and is expected to be completed by late 2021.

Cost: This project is expected to cost about $6.9 million, while purchasing and renovating the current Quail Creek facility would cost an estimated $6.3 million.

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Improvements to parks and trails, including Penn Meadow Park’s tennis courts, a drive at Centennial Park to enable future improvements and our trail network.

Timing: Construction is expected to occur at various times over the summer, fall and next spring.

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Extension of utilities to serve growth on North Liberty southwest near the new interchange between Forevergreen Road and Interstate 380.

Timing: Work is underway.

Cost: This project is expected to cost about $4.3 million.

Traffic impact: Minimal.

Road Therapy Resources

Hotline

Road conditions getting unruly? Contractor decided to unload a paving machine in the middle of rush hour? Call (hands-free, of course) to leave a report at (319) 626-5786.

Audiobooks

Your drive might get a little longer, but free audiobooks might help. Download through Digital Johnson County using your library card at northlibertylibrary.org.

Podcasts

Fill your drive with local podcasts. 52317 offers interviews with local businesses about what they do and why they do it, while Stork Storytime helps expecting families learn from experts. Both are available wherever you get your podcasts.

Speed Trailer

Sometimes folks driving on detours forget they’re driving through neighborhoods. You can request the North Liberty Police Department’s speed trailer.

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