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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:  Spring 2017

Estimated Completion Date:  December 2017

Contractor:  Not yet determined

Engineer:  Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, Doug Ernst

City Staff Contact:
Matt Greiner
Public Works Director
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:  A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 from 6 to 7:30 pm inside the Johnston City Council chambers located at 6221 Merle Hay Road. Click here to read a letter to neighbors. This is the most recent PowerPoint presentation related to this project.  The City of Johnston has completed preliminary design of the NW 57th Avenue Improvements. The intent of this project is to reconstruct NW 57th Avenue from Merle Hay Road to NW Beaver Drive in 2017.

Doug Ernst with Foth Infrastructure may be reached by telephone at 515.251.2585, or by email at , 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 - Project Undetermined

More information coming soon.

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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