County Home Road Improvement Project
County Home Road 2020-2021 Construction Project
The County Home Road project limits are from N Center Point Road to the bridge over Indian Creek, a half mile west of Highway 13. The construction improvement project includes concrete paving, paved shoulders, the addition of right and left turn lanes, and single lane roundabouts at the C Ave Ext and Alburnett Road intersections.
Planned Road Closures
The project was let on February 18, 2020 and the project was awarded to Horsfield Construction, Inc. of Epworth, Iowa for a cost of $7,934,357.90. The project is funded through Farm-to-Market, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the federal-aid funding swap program through the Iowa DOT. The project will be completed in phases in order to minimize the effect on local traffic. Some sections of County Home Road will remain open as other sections are under construction. The location of the closures will change throughout the project. Through traffic will not be able to use County Home Road to get between N Center Point Road and Highway 13. A detour utilizing I-380, Highway 100 and Highway 13, will be posted (see link below).
The contractor expects to complete the east half of the project by mid-November. Once the east half is complete the road will reopen for the winter months. Work will resume on the west half of the project in Spring 2021. The project is scheduled for completion in October 2021.
|2/18/2020||Project scheduled for letting||Completed|
|October 2020||Phase 2 (Gilmore Road to Alburnett Road)||Shouldering, pavement markings, etc.||To be completed mid-November|
|October 2020||Phase 3 (Alburnett Road to Highway 13)||Shouldering, pavement markings, etc.||To be completed mid-November|
|May 2021||Phase 1 (N Center Point Road to C Ave Ext)||Pavement Removal & Grading||Will Begin After Paving|
Phases 2 & 3
|October 2021||Anticipated completion||On Schedule|
Turn lanes will be constructed at each intersection, excluding C Ave Ext and Alburnett Road. Designated turn lanes will allow traffic to slow down safely without impeding through traffic by removing turning vehicles from the mainline traffic. Studies have shown turn lanes can reduce rear end and right angle crashes.
Roundabouts were chosen at C Ave Ext and Alburnett Road for increased safety and traffic flow. In the correct location, roundabouts have been proven safer and more efficient than other types of intersections. Roundabouts provide lasting benefits and value in many ways and are often less costly and more aesthetically appealing than conventional intersection designs.
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