East of Merle Hay Road Improvements

Conceptual Plan

Click here to read the East of Merle Hay Road Conceptual Plan.

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Phase 2 - NW 57th Avenue


Project Name:
NW 57th Avenue Improvements (East of Merle Hay Road Phase 2)
Estimated Cost: $3.62 Million
Estimated Start Date: March 2017
Estimated Completion Date: December 2017

Engineer: Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, Doug Ernst

City Staff Contact:
Matt Greiner
Public Works Director
515.278.0822
Matt's Email

Project Description: Reconstruction of NW 57th Avenue from Merle Hay Road to NW Beaver Drive. Project includes roadway improvements based on the Public Engagement Process, storm sewer construction, sanitary sewer installation, and water main replacement.

Project Status: NW 57th Avenue will be closed to thru traffic beginning on June 16th at 9 a.m.  The closure is from Merle Hay Road to NW 48th Court.  To view the detour for this closure click here.  This closure is for the installation of a new storm sewer on the project.  The closure is expected to last for the next two months.  
The contractor will continue to work on water main installation.  The water main is completed to 20' west of the Beaver Drive connection.  If the contractor cannot work on the water main, they will continue to work on other removals and some smaller items that can be done while waiting for utility relocation.  Water main bore under Merle Hay is complete.  Additional work on the project is weather permitting.


Doug Ernst with Foth Infrastructure may be reached by telephone at 515.251.2585 and is available to answer any project questions you may have.

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


Click here for more information.

A public information meeting for the NW 54th Court Improvements project was held in June, 2016. Click here to read the mailing that was sent to residents in the project area for more information. Click here to view the power point presentation from the meeting.

Click here and here to view design plans.

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

 

The first public information meeting for this project will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Johnston City Hall Council Chambers. The intent of this meeting is 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 will be present to listen and gather your input so that it may be incorporated into the design process. 

Click here to read the mailing that was sent to residents in the project area for more information.


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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