2020 Street Project Update
The City of Windsor Heights has faced worsening road conditions in recent years with limited resources to undertake repair and reconstruction projects. But in the spring of 2020, we took action and started four major reconstruction projects in one year. And true to 2020, these projects faced several challenges. Crews pushed through, and major progress was made. Here's what needed to be fixed, what happened, and what's next.
The project started in April of 2020 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021. The project is a complete reconstruction of University Avenue from 73rd Street to 70th Street and an overlay from 63rd Street to 70th Street. A shared-use pedestrian and bicycle trail will be added to the south side of the road. Rain gardens will be added along the length of the corridor. There will also be streetscape improvements, wayfinding signs, trees, and DART stops installed as a part of this project.
Allison Avenue and 69th Street
These two streets are being bid as one contract. There is extensive storm sewer installation occurring on Allison Avenue. A new water main is being installed on 69th Street from School Street to University Avenue. This project will begin in April or May and should be finished by the end of November. Both of the streets are having minor sanitary sewer repair work done while the street is under construction. Allison Ave will be completed in the spring of 2021 and 69th St will be done in the summer.
The street is being reconstructed, minor sanitary sewer work is being done, storm sewers and storm sewer intakes are being added, and portions of the water main are being replaced. The project be finished in the spring/summer of 2021.
2020 PCC Patching Project
The three locations where extensive patching will be done on existing pavement are the bridge approaches on 73rd Street as the road crosses Walnut Creek, the outside southbound lane on the 900 block of 73rd Street near the entrance to the YMCA, and the intersection of 70th Street and Hickman Road south towards Wilshire Blvd. The pavement at these locations has deteriorated badly and is in need of patchwork. Public Works staff has spent considerable time filling potholes on these three stretches of road over the last five years. Plans for this project are still being put together and will be presented to the City Council in February. Construction is expected to happen any time during the 2020 construction season.
On all of the projects listed above, staff will work with the contractors to minimize disruption to traffic and access to driveways. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our town’s streets.
Get the answers to some common questions on our FAQ page.
If you have questions about this project, please contact any of the following people:
Dave Burgess, Mayor
Mike Jones, City Councilmember, Mayor Pro Tem
Susan Skeries, City Councilmember
Threase Harms, City Councilmember
Joseph Jones, City Councilmember
Mike Loffredo, City Councilmember
Dalton Jacobus, Public Works Director
Justin Ernst, City Engineer
515-259-9190 x 2786