By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer
After years of planning, asking for federal and state dollars and construction of the first two phases, city officials are taking the steps to begin phase III of the 19th Avenue North project.
The extension once completed is designed to funnel traffic from the Iowa 136 bridge to the Lyons Business and Technology Park while creating an east-west corridor that will complete the loop around Clinton that already consists of Mill Creek Parkway, U.S. 30 and U.S. 67.
Roughly one mile of concrete from North Second Street to the existing dead end of 19th Avenue Northwest will be constructed and reconstructed as part of phase III. The project also will include storm and sanitary sewer improvements, traffic signal improvements and the construction of retaining walls.
Phases I and II of the project have connected Mill Creek Parkway to Springdale Drive and extended the road to approximately 1,100 feet west of Randall Court.
The third phase will connect to the road constructed in Phase II.
The city plans to acquire parts of nearly 40 properties along 19th Avenue North in order to reconstruct part of the road and connect it with Phase II.
According to information City Engineer Jason Craft provided to Clinton’s Capital Improvement Program Committee, the cost of the land acquisition is expected to be $425,000. The acquisition costs along with the $400,000 cost of planning and engineering are fully funded.
The $2.5 million to construct the project is another story. While 50 percent of the cost is funded by guaranteed federal funding allotments, the other $1.25 million will be paid using general obligation bonds. Those will potentially be borrowed in either fiscal year 2014 or fiscal year 2015, according to city finance director Jessica Kinser.
The project is expected to take two years to complete.
A public information meeting to discuss the project will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Ericksen Community Center, 401 11th Ave. North. Those interested in the project are encouraged to attend anytime during the event to express their views.
The city also is required to hold a public hearing to allow people to express their views. This public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in City Council chambers.