NW 70th Avenue Improvements


Phase I construction is complete. Phase II construction will being in the Spring of 2018.  Phase III is in the preliminary design phase and it is estimated that construction of this phase will being in the spring of 2019. The total estimated cost for both phase II and Phase III is $7,361,434.50. Click on this link to watch a video on the correct way to drive through a roundabout. Click here to view the presentation given at the public meeting on February 21, 2018. Click here to see overall map and plans for NW 70th Avenue (PDF)

Project Update
The City of Johnston is beginning the design of the 3rd and final phase of the NW 70th Avenue Improvements. The intent of this project is to reconstruct 70th Avenue from 98th Street to approximately 600 feet west of Peckham Street in 2019.

The first public information meeting for this project will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Johnston City Hall Council Chambers, located at 6221 Merle Hay Road. The intent of this meeting is to provide an overall project update, present the preliminary project design and impacts for the corridor, and solicit input from surrounding properties on issues 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 view the letter (PDF). 

Phase II
Project Update (as of 4/16/18)
The City of Johnston is beginning the spring construction phase of the NW 70th Avenue improvements Phase 2 project from Peckham Street to NW 86th Street.

NW 70th Ave ph2 detour

The City has received bid proposals for contractors and has awarded the construction contract to  Concrete Technologies, Inc. of Grimes, Iowa at the November 6, 2017 City Council meeting. The project construction started in late 2017 with some minor grading to allow private utilities to relocate. Beginning this spring, construction activities will include a full reconstruction of NW 70th Avenue, new water main, drainage improvements and utility adjustments from Peckham Street to NW 86th Street, and constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Peckham Street and NW 70th Avenue.

Weather permitting, spring construction activities are scheduled to be begin the week of March 26th. A road closure of 70th Avenue is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of April 2. Roadway construction activities will be completed by September 28, 2018. All other construction activities will be completed by May 3, 2019. A public informational construction meeting was held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Click here (PDF) to view the presentation from the meeting. The meeting was intended to provide property owners information with respect to the project construction activities. Click here (PDF) to view the letter dated March 9, 2018 sent to residents. 

Click here to see a map of the project area.

Estimated Cost: $3,088,228.91

Estimated Start Date: Spring 2018

Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2018

Contractor: Concrete Technologies, Inc.

Engineer: Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, Andy Floy, andy.floy@foth.com, 515.251.2594

City Staff Project Contact: Matt Greiner, Public Works Director, mgreiner@cityofjohnston.com, 515.278.0822

Project Status: Construction

Phase III
Between Peckham Street and NW 98th Street after completion of Phase II.  Click here to see a map of the project area.

Estimated Cost: Currently being determined.

Estimated Start Date: Spring 2019

Estimated Completion Date: Undetermined

Contractor: Yet to be determined

Engineer: Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC

City Staff Project Contact: Matt Greiner, Public Works Director, 515.278.0822

Project Status: Preliminary design phase

There will be no property owner assessments as part of Johnston’s project. A thorough traffic study of the corridor was performed and concluded that a series of three roundabouts handles existing traffic and future increases in traffic.

Click here to learn more about roundabouts and why they're being chosen as the safest method for intersection control on some Johnston streets.

Current traffic on NW 70th Ave is 13,000 vehicles per day. By 2035, traffic is projected to grow to 20,000-26,000 vehicles per day. The proposed design accounts for this increase and concludes that acceptable levels of service will be maintained through 2035.

The impetus for the entire project is to be ready for the high school that will be built nearby and to address current and future traffic as the area continues to develop. This project will no doubt be a significant project for the City of Johnston. We couldn't do it without your input and patience.

We want to keep you informed every step of the way, so we are building an e-mail database. Your e-mail will not be shared with anyone. If you would like to get on the list, please e-mail us here.

We encourage you to also "like" the City of Johnston Government Facebook page and also follow us on Twitter @cityofjohnston. We will provide frequent updates there and here on our website.

If you ever have any questions about the improvements, please feel free to contact Public Works Director Matt Greiner.