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 9/14/18)
The contractor will be working on the final sanitary sewer tasks which include testing and video on Saturday, September 22. The weather did not cooperate this week and paving operations have been moved to the week of October 1.
Please stay tuned to your email and front doors. When specifics have been determined, notices will be sent via email and also delivered to each door. Those notices will detail the direction in which the contractor will pave and what to expect regarding access road closures.
Please speak with your neighbors and let them know what is happening if they do not have email access.
If residents have concerns about this or have something scheduled the requires coordination, please communicate this with the City's engineer.
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, 2018 to residents regarding tree removal.
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, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Johnston City Hall Council Chambers. The intent of this meeting was to start a dialogue with the surrounding property owners on issues from your perspective that may exist in the corridor. The design team and representatives from the City were be present to listen and gather your input so that it may be incorporated into the design process.
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. 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.
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.
- 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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