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 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: Construction is expected to begin in March 2022 with completion in late November. There are incentives available for early completion.

Cost: On Dec. 14, 2021, the City Council awarded this project to All American Concrete for $2,341,680.

Traffic impact: Through construction Dubuque, Cherry and Front streets will see closures, though all businesses and residents will be accessible through the entire project.

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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 in 2022. Bidding is expected fall of 2022, with completion in 2024.

Cost: This project is expected to cost about $10 million.

Traffic impact: Minimal.

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A connection of Jones Boulevard from Penn to 240th Street, including trail and other improvements.

Timing: Construction is will begin May 23, 2022, and last through fall 2022.

Cost: The city council awarded this project on April 26, 2022, to Schrader Excavating & Grading with a bid of $2,328,991.25.

Traffic impact: The recreation trail will close for the duration of the project. Impact on Penn and 240th street will be minimal.

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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 be completed in summer 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: Travel will be limited to a single land each direction to allow crews to safely work until the project is completed this summer.

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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 The North Liberty Library offers interesting conversations, introductions into new books and discussions of favorites. 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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