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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Mid-Project Update: University Ave FAQ & Winter Info

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Mid-Project Update: University Ave FAQ & Winter Info

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What is being done to University Ave and how long will it take?

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.

Parts of University Ave will be under construction through the fall of 2021. Below is a chart showing the different phases and start dates for the project.

Phase 1C: 70th Street to 69th Street, north side of the road

Phase 2A: 73rd Street to Apple Valley Drive

Phase 2B: Apple Valley Drive to 69th Street, south side of the road

Phase 3: 69th Street to 63rd Street. Phase 3 is not shown on the map below.

How long will construction last on Phase 3 (69th to 63rd St)?

Approximately two months, depending on weather conditions and utility coordination.

What is happening for Phase 3 of the project?

Phase 3 mainly consists of mill and overlay of the existing roadway. There will be curbline modifications and full depth patches as necessary. The trail will not be installed until the majority of the work has been completed on Phase 3 of the project.

How will my trash/recycling/mail be affected both during and after construction?

Residents who live on streets under construction are asked to place garbage, recycling, and yard waste out at the end of their driveway by 5 pm Thursday for the Contractor to pick up. Pickup times are different for each item, so they may not be returned at the same time. Door hangers will be posted for residents that will be affected by pending construction approximately 7 days prior to construction with specific instructions for property access and solid waste collection.

Curbside pickup will return to normal after the street project has been completed.

Will packages still be delivered to my home?

Yes, packages will still be delivered. If you have an issue with package delivery, please email Public Works Director Dalton Jacobus at

Who is responsible for maintaining the new bike trail along the south side of the road?

The City is responsible and will perform snow removal and necessary maintenance on the new shared use path on the south side of the road.

Who is responsible for mowing between the new trail and the street?

As is the case with all property in the City of Windsor Heights, the property owner is responsible for mowing to the street curb.

When driving on University Ave, will I be able to pass in the center lane?

The use of a center turn lane for passing is illegal per Iowa Traffic Code.  However, Iowa Code 321.297 does allow a vehicle to travel in the center turn lane when an obstruction exists making it necessary to avoid the obstruction, i.e. to travel around a refuse truck stopped in the lane of traffic.  Drivers must exercise caution and yield the right-of-way to other vehicles traveling in the lane for the intended purpose.

There have been a number of rainy days. Has that delayed progress?

Yes, there have been delays on the project. We have lost a couple weeks throughout the construction season due to weather. There was also a significant delay on the project due to unlocated CenturyLink infrastructure within the project area. The contractor had to work around these CenturyLink conflicts and wait for some unplanned relocations.

What is going to happen over the winter on this project?

There will not be any substantial work completed over the winter months. We expect work to continue through November and stop sometime around the beginning of December, weather permitting.

Traffic will be shifted to the north side of the road between 70th and 73rd Streets over the winter. The south side of the road will be closed between 70th and 73rd Streets, but business driveways and two way traffic will be open all winter. There will not be modifications to the existing configuration of the roadway east of 69th Street during the winter months. Please be mindful of traffic control signage and follow the directions on the signage.

How will I be updated if the project is changed due to weather or other unforeseen events?

Residents who live on University Ave will receive door hangers or mailers to alert them to future disruptions, such as short water interruptions or driveway access restrictions. Residents will be given ample notification before any hard disruptions of service.

The City posts weekly updates to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, NextDoor and on the City’s website at    

The City also hosts weekly construction meetings for residents on Fridays at 2 pm on Zoom. The Zoom meeting information is available at These meetings are recorded and posted at the link above. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like your questions asked at this meeting, please email your questions to Public Works Director Dalton Jacobus at

How do I report a concern or who do I contact with a question?

To report concerns, please email your questions or concerns to Public Works Director Dalton Jacobus at


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