East of Merle Hay Road Improvements
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.
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,
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:
Public Works Director
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,
Project Name: East of Merle Hay Road Sanitary Trunk Sewer Extension – Phase 1A
Work Already Completed
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.
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.
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.
East of Merle Hay Road is the area between Merle Hay Road, Beaver Drive, Johnston Drive
Below are before and after pictures that have been prepared based on input from residents in the area during the above public workshops.
- Purple-NW 57th Ave (before and after)
- Red-NW 54th Ct (before and after)
- Red-NW 60th Ave (before and after)
- Red-NW 61st Pl (before and after)
- Yellow-NW 55th Ave (before and after)
- Blue-NW 54th Ct (before and after)
Visual Preference SurveyThe 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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