University Ave Construction

Project Overview

The project is expected to begin in April or May. The majority of the work is expected to be completed in 2020, but some work will have to be done in 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.

8/7/20 Update

During the week of August 10th, the Contractor will continue removing pavement on Phase 1C (near the 70th Street intersection). Once pavement has been removed, private utility relocation will occur followed by storm sewer installation. Sidewalk construction and restoration will occur on the north side of the roadway between 70th Street and 73rd Street. The 70th Street intersection is anticipated to be closed until the end of September. All work is weather dependent. All businesses are open. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and the added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

7/31/20 Update

During the week of August 3rd, the Contractor will begin sidewalk work and other restoration work. West bound traffic will be closed between 70th Street and 73rd Street for the majority of the week. That traffic will be detoured down 63rd Street to I-235 to 73rd Street (follow signed detour route). The detour is anticipated to end the week of August 3rd. Work at 70th Street is anticipated to begin August 6th. This work will close the north half of the intersection of University Ave and 70th Street. This part of the intersection is anticipated to be closed for two months. With this work traffic changes are anticipated to occur during the early morning of August 6th. Please drive with caution. All work is weather dependent. All businesses are open. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

7/24/20 Update

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During the week of July 27th, the Contractor will finish paving operations. West bound traffic will be closed between 70th Street and 73rd Street. That traffic will be detoured down 63rd Street to I-235 to 73rd Street (follow signed detour route). The detour is anticipated to end the week of August 10th. During this time the entrance off University Avenue to Hy-Vee will be closed until the end of the week. Enter Hy-Vee off the 70th Street entrance. All work is weather dependent. All businesses are open. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

7/17/20 Update

During the week of July 20th, the Contractor will finish storm sewer installation and finish grading the roadway for pavement and begin paving operations. West bound traffic will be closed between 70th Street and 73rd Street. That traffic will be detoured down 63rd Street to I-235 to 73rd Street (follow signed detour route). The duration of this work is anticipated to last 4-5 weeks. During this time the entrance off University Avenue to Hy-Vee will be closed. Enter Hy-Vee off the 70th Street entrance. All work is weather dependent. All businesses are open. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

7/10/20 Update

During the week of July 13th, the Contractor will finish storm sewer installation and finish grading the roadway for pavement. On July 15th, the west bound traffic will be closed between 70th Street and 73rd Street. That traffic will be detoured down 63rd Street to I-235 to 73rd Street (follow signed detour route). The duration of this work is anticipated to last 14 days. During this time the entrance off University Avenue to Hy-Vee will be closed. Enter Hy-Vee off the 70th Street entrance. All work is weather dependent. All businesses are open. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

7/2/20 Update

During the week of July 6th, the Contractor will continue storm sewer installation and begin grading the roadway for pavement. Road grading is anticipated to take approximately two weeks. The entrance to Hy-Vee will remain open for the majority of the time. It will be closed later in the phase to allow for concrete to be poured. Phase 1A will remain closed. All work is weather dependent. All businesses are open. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

6/26/20 Update

During the week of June 29th, CenturyLink is scheduled to complete the relocation of their infrastructure. Once all conflicts have been resolved, roadway construction will begin (anticipated to be the week of June 29th). The entrance to Hy-Vee will remain open for the majority of the time. It will be closed later in the phase to allow for concrete to be poured. Phase 1A will remain closed. All work is weather dependent. All businesses are open. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

6/19/20 Update

During the week of June 22nd, CenturyLink is scheduled to complete the relocation of their infrastructure. Once all conflicts have been resolved, roadway construction will begin (anticipated to be the week of June 29th). The entrance to Hy-Vee will remain open for the majority of the time. It will be closed later in the phase to allow for concrete to be poured. Phase 1A will remain closed. All work is weather dependent. All businesses are open. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

6/12/20 Update

During the week of June 15th, the Contractor will continue removing pavement and roadway preparation on Phase 1B. The project is currently being slowed down by conflicts with CenturyLink that are being worked through now. The entrance to Hy-Vee will remain open for the majority of the time. It will be closed later in the phase to allow for concrete to be poured. Phase 1A will remain closed. All work is weather dependent. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

6/5/20 Update

During the week of June 8th, the Contractor will continue removing pavement and roadway preparation on Phase 1B. Work on the traffic signals and roadway lighting will also begin. The entrance to Hy-Vee will remain open for the majority of the time. It will be closed later in the phase to allow for concrete to be poured. Phase 1A will remain closed. All work is weather dependent. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

5/29/20 Update

During the week of June 1st, the Contractor will pour sidewalk on Phase 1A along with restoration and lighting work. They will be removing pavement on Phase 1B. The entrance to Hy-Vee will remain open for the majority of the time. It will be closed later in the phase to allow for concrete to be poured. Phase 1A will remain closed. All work is weather dependent. For everyone’s safety, please monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

5/22/20 Update

During the week of May 25th, the Contractor will finish pouring concrete on Phase 1A along with sidewalk installation and restoration. They will begin removing pavement on Phase 1B starting middle of the week. Phase 1B has been extended farther east (to need just west of 70th Street). The entrance to Hy-Vee will remain open for the majority of the time. It will be closed later in the phase to allow for concrete to be poured. Phase 1A will remain closed All work is weather dependent. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

5/15/20 Update

During the week of May 18th, the Contractor will finish pouring concrete on Phase 1A along with sidewalk installation and restoration. All work is weather dependent. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

5/8/20 Update

During the week of May 11th, the Contractor will begin street paving operations on Phase 1A, along with work on new street lighting and traffic signal work. All work is weather dependent. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

5/1/20 Update

During the week of May 4th, the Contractor will begin street paving preparation with paving to follow on Phase 1A, along with work on new street lighting and traffic signal work. All work is weather dependent. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Watch for construction workers and added construction truck traffic. Do NOT follow trucks into work zone.

4/24/20 Update

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During the week of April 27th, the Contractor will continue placing gravel and prepping for concrete on Phase 1A along with utility work. All work is weather dependent. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and no texting while driving. Trucks will be entering and exiting the site, so do NOT follow these trucks into the construction site and stay a safe distance behind them.

4/17/20 Update

During the week of April 20th, the Contractor will continue removing pavement on Phase 1A. Once the pavement is removed the contractor will begin preparing for pavement which includes grading and placing rock. All work is weather dependent. For everyone’s safety, monitor traffic control changes and don’t text while driving.

4/10/20 Update

Demolition on the first Phase of the University Avenue project has been delayed a week. Beginning the week of April 13th, the contractor will saw cut existing pavement and begin removals. There will be minor pipe work, sub grade work, and sub base work. Expect traffic disruptions near the intersection of 73rd St and University Ave during this portion of construction.

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