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City of Cedar Rapids Johnson Avenue Improvements

Background

Through Paving for Progress, a Local Options Sales Tax Roadway Improvements Program, the City of Cedar Rapids hired us to improve intersection and corridor operational efficiencies and safety via the reconstruction of more than one mile of Johnson Avenue. After completing traffic and engineering analyses, the existing 4-lane roadway was converted to a 3-lane with bike lanes, sidewalks, and roundabouts, the first ones installed by the City.

Approach

With more than 70 properties impacted, a robust public engagement campaign and comprehensive construction staging plan was necessary to maintain local access to businesses, mitigate impacts, and coordinate overhead and underground private utilities. Funded in by the Iowa DOT, this project required regulatory coordination during the design and letting processes, which Foth completed on schedule and budget.

Results

The corridor improvements both provide the desired operational capacity as well as reducing the crash risk by more than 35 percent.

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