East of Merle Hay Road Improvements

Conceptual Plan

Click here (PDF) to read the East of Merle Hay Road conceptual plan. Click here (PDF) to view the map of the project. 

Phase 3 - NW 54th Court (from NW 57th Ave to NW 60th Ave)

Project Update (as of 10/19/18)
Beginning Saturday, October 20, the Contractor for the NW 54th Court Improvements Project will pave the roadway, driveways, and sidewalk.
The following are key construction requirements for your consideration:
  • The contractor will pave the roadway before paving driveways and sidewalks. They will start at the south end and work north. Driveway paving will be coordinated with property owners once the roadway paving is complete.
  • The contractor will use the east access road as a haul road for concrete trucks.
  • If you live on the east side of NW 54th and need to leave, please look for the paving operation. If it is to the north, please exit to the south. If it is to the south, please exit to the north. If you are blocked in, please be patient and the contractor will help guide you out. Please expect delays during paving and plan accordingly.
  • If you are returning to your residence, please be aware of this operation and that you may need to enter from the opposite direction from what you had originally intended.
  • Please be courteous to those using the access roads during this time. If you meet another vehicle headed in the opposite direction, please pull into a driveway to allow the other to pass.
  • Emergency services will not be restricted during this operation.
  • Garbage, recycling, and mail services will continue to be maintained as they are today. If any changes to service occur, you will be notified.
  • Concrete Paving is currently scheduled for Saturday, October 20 and Monday, October 22. They will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day. Work on Monday even may continue until 12:00 a.m. as pavement jointing must be cut into the concrete shortly after placement.
  • Contractor team members will be stationed at each end of NW 54th Court to aid in access to and from your homes.
  • Please keep yourselves and children safe by staying clear of the working zone and away from equipment and machinery. 
If residents have concerns about this or have something scheduled the requires coordination, please communicate this with the City's engineer

Please continue to use caution throughout the project area and stay on the access roads.

Project Information and Communication Items 
Click here (PDF) to view the letter sent March 2, 2018 to residents regarding tree removal.
Click here (PDF) to view the meeting presentation from Tuesday, March 22.   
Click here and here (PDF) to view design plans. 
Detailed letter (PDF) regarding this via email and will also receive one via USPS.

Phase 2 - NW 57th Avenue

Engineer: Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, Doug Ernst

City Staff Contact:
Matt Greiner
Public Works Director
Matt's Email

Project Update (7/3/18)
The contractor is cleaning up areas to complete this project. 

Project Information and Communication Items 
Click here (PDF) to read the residents letter. 
Click here to see the latest update on the project. The detour map is available to view by clicking here.  NW 57th Avenue will be closed to thru traffic beginning June 19.  The closure is from Merle Hay Road to NW 54th Court.  To view the detour for this closure click here.  

Phase 4B - NW 54th Ct/NW 60th/NW 61st St


The first public information meeting for this project was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Johnston City Hall Council Chambers. The intent of this meeting was to start a dialogue with the surrounding property owners on issues from your perspective that may exist in the corridor.  The design team and representatives from the City were be present to listen and gather your input so that it may be incorporated into the design process. 

Work Already Completed


Project Name: East of Merle Hay Road Sanitary Trunk Sewer Extension – Phase 1A

Project Location Map

Estimated Cost: $780,000
Special Note: The City of Johnston received a Community Development Block Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The grant funds were used to help finance the construction of the municipal storm sewer system to serve this area.

Project Name: NW 60th Avenue Improvements (East of Merle Hay Road Phase 4A)

Estimated Cost: $1.48 million

The City of Johnston received a $15,000 grant in December 2015 to help pay for the trail improvements. Click here to learn more about The Wellmark Foundation grant.

Traffic Studies:

Brite Beginnings Daycare & Kevin's Place Shopping Center Traffic Study - May 2007

Grocery Store Traffic Study - May 2007

NW Beaver Drive Commercial Development Traffic Study - May 2007

Project Name: NW 55th Avenue Improvements - Phase 1B
Estimated Cost: $3.1 Million
Project Description: Reconstruction of NW 55th Avenue from Merle Hay Road to NW Beaver Drive. Project included roadway improvements based on the Public Engagement Process, storm sewer construction, sanitary sewer installation, and water main replacement.

An ordinance establishing the East of Merle Hay Road and South of NW 62nd Avenue sanitary sewer extension connection fee district was established. Click here to read the ordinance.
Exhibits A and B show property numbers and project boundaries.

Project Area

East of Merle Hay Road is the area between Merle Hay Road, Beaver Drive, Johnston Drive and NW 62nd Avenue. Here is a link to the Project Area Map. Neighborhood areas include NW 55th Avenue, NW 57th Avenue, NW 54th Court, NW 60th Avenue, & NW 61st Place. A map is available to identify which sub-group to which a neighborhood belongs.
Below are before and after pictures that have been prepared based on input from residents in the area during the above public workshops.

Visual Preference Survey

The visual preference survey was an exercise where the residents were asked to rate a series of images on a scale of -5 to +5 as to their opinion of how well a particular infrastructure improvement would fit in with their neighborhood. The improvements were grouped by category and the results are presented by neighborhood subarea average and the total neighborhood average. The most positive image in each category is highlighted in yellow, while the most negative image is highlighted in red. This purpose of the exercise was to begin the process of visualizing potential physical neighborhood improvements and to discuss the merit of various improvement alternatives. The results are not intended to be interpreted as definitive chosen alternatives.

Input and Contact Information

A comment form is available for your input regarding the project.

City staff working on the project can be reached via email.

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