The main item on the agenda of the special city council meeting held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, was the Alice’s Road Corridor Project. After the recent groundbreaking ceremony held on Friday, Nov. 1, construction on the project, which has been in the works for almost 11 years, can finally begin. A presentation by Confluence Architecture Firm discussed ways to implement zoning in the Alice’s Road Corridor district to ensure high-quality and consistent development. Back in September, the Waukee City Council approved a $450,000, one-year contract with Confluence to plan and design the entire Alice’s Road Corridor Project. “(Tuesday’s) meeting was an update of the planning process that Confluence is doing for the City on this corridor,” said Dan Dutcher, Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Waukee. “Confluence has been retained by the City of Waukee to do planning at more of a street level.”
Waukee’s Director of Development Services, Brad Deets, also presented at the meeting last Tuesday. Deets spoke about some potential issues concerning engineering for the project. Issues involved traffic flow and rights-of-way. The first phase of the Alice’s Road Corridor construction, which is from University Avenue to Ashworth Road, consists of paving approximately 1.5 miles of road. The road will have four travel lanes and turning lanes. The road is expected to be expanded to six lanes in the future when traffic demands. The total cost of this phase of the project is $13 million, and construction will begin November 2013 with a completion date at the end of 2014.
A future phase of the Corridor includes the construction of the Interchange at Interstate 80, which includes the pave of six travel lanes and turning lanes from Interstate 80 to Ashworth Road. Currently, construction for this phase of the project is set to begin in late summer of 2014 with full access to Interstate 80 to be open to traffic by the end of 2015. The total cost of this phase of the project is $28 million.
Once the Corridor is completed, an additional 1300 acres of land will be available for development. The project is projected to included over $2.5 billion in private investment, which equates to about 25,000 new jobs and room for about 17,000 more residents. It will accommodate the demand for jobs, housing, and services for young people seeking career opportunities in Iowa.