Current Status

The preliminary engineering design phase is completed and the Southwest Arterial project is now proceeding with the final engineering design phase, right-of-way property acquisition and archaeological and cultural resource phase III mitigation work.

Property Acquisition

The City is nearing completion of right-of-way property acquisitions for the 56 impacted properties. As of July 2016, the City has purchased 54 properties and has expended approximately $13.7 million in eligible acquisition costs. Click Here for additional information on Property Acquisition.

Archaeological and Cultural Resource Mitigation

In the summer of 2010, work began on the archaeological and cultural resource mitigation phase of the project. As of July 2016, approximately  90% of the mitigation sites have been completed. The remaining mitigation sites will be completed as those respective properties are acquired and prior to the start of construction.

Construction

The North Cascade Road project was substantially completed by November 2013. The project provided for the reconstruction (grading, paving & bridge) and realignment of North Cascade Road which will allow the Southwest Arterial to travel under the new North Cascade Road Bridge. Final construction cost was approximately $3.7 Million.

The English Mill Road reconstruction project is currently under construction with an anticipated completion in the spring of 2017. The project will include side road improvements that will allow the highway to travel under the new English Mill Road Bridge. Current cost projection is approximately $3.5 Million.

The Military Road reconstruction project is scheduled for bid letting in the October 2016 and will involve side road improvements that will allow the highway to travel under the new Military Road Bridge. Current cost projection is approximately $7.2 Million..

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Transfer of Jurisdiction

On August 9, 2013, the City in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation held a Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding for the future Transfer of Jurisdiction and the continued development, advancement and completion of the Southwest Arterial. Click Here for additional information on the Memorandum of Understanding for the future Transfer of Jurisdiction. Click Here for additional information on Transfer of Jurisdiction.