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Infrastructure Improvement Projects
Hillcrest Avenue Reconstruction
Project Location: Hillcrest Avenue from North 4th Street to North 14th Street.
Project Description: This project proposes to replace the existing failed concrete pavement with new three-lane paved street consisting of 37’ wide PCC pavement with integral curb and gutter. The scope of this project also has new storm-sewer infrastructure, new sidewalk on one side of the road, and an improved trail crossing.
Hillcrest Avenue is currently a two-lane collector type street, with heavy truck traffic volume, that acts as an important link between the city’s industrial park on North 14th Street and the principal arterial on Highway 65/69. As traffic volumes and turning movements increase, this existing two-lane undivided roadway on Hillcrest Avenue is experiencing traffic safety concerns. This project provides an opportunity to replace the existing failed concrete pavement surface with a new three-lane paved street with integral curb and gutter, improved drainage performance, improved sidewalk connectivity, new trees, improved trail crossing, and a new trail head. The proposed three-lane pavement will allow for two through lanes and a center two-way left-turn lane that will improve traffic operations and safety to meet increasing traffic and pedestrian demand. The Hillcrest Trail, along the north side of the project, will be maintained.
The council approved five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) has allocated the design of this project during Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and the construction is planned during FY2023 and FY2024. The CIP has allocated $720,000 during FY-2022, for engineering and easement expenses, and $3,800,000 in FY2023 and FY2024, for construction expenses. Approximately $3,100,000 is planned to be federally funded by Iowa DOT’s Surface Transportation Block Grant.
May 16, 2023
The bids for this project were let on March 21, 2023, at the Iowa DOT office. Four bids were received and the lowest apparent bid was submitted by Vanderpool Construction, Inc for a total amount of $5,098,494.70 (6.7% below engineer's estimate). The Indianola City Council held a public hearing regarding the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs, and approved the same, at their April 3, 2023, meeting. The contract for the project was awarded to Vanderpool at the same meeting.
The first phase of the project began on May 16, 2023, between Unity Point and North 7th Street. Businesses located on Scenic Valley Avenue, 3rd Lane, and 6th Street can use Trail Ridge or Scenic Valley Avenues to access Jefferson Way. A map of the project can be viewed at the link below.
- Planned Engineering & Easements: $720,000
- Engineer's Cost Estimate: $5,461,974.00
* Note: The major scope of this project will receive 80/20 matching Surface Transportation Program funds from the Iowa DOT. The Surface Transportation Block Grant Funds are $3,800,000. The City of Indianola has allocated local matching funds of $2,060,000 for the construction expenses. In addition, funds have also been allocated towards engineering and easement acquisitions for the amount of $760,000.
East Hillcrest Avenue Concept Study Review
The Hillcrest Study presentation that was shown to Council outlays the proposed future development of East Hillcrest Avenue. With the future development in and around this corridor, items such as future traffic volume, future development and growth patterns, and other infrastructural needs are being reviewed to ensure that any construction projects would be comprehensive. This project will continue to develop more and costs associated with further studies will be incorporated into upcoming budget discussions.