Alice's Road Widening

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When Grand Prairie Parkway was completed in December 2015, it opened a new gateway to Waukee from the south and gave commuters a more direct connection to the Interstate. But, the City isn’t done improving this main thoroughfare quite yet. The widening of Alice’s Road north of University Avenue will begin in April, taking it from two lanes to six. This improvement project will also feature a trail addition along the west side of Alice's Road and a sidewalk addition along the east side.

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Estimated Cost: $23 million total
(Phase 4: $9.8 million & Phase 5: $13.2 million)
Estimated Start Date:  Construction of Phase 4 from University Avenue to Olson Drive (including the underpass) will tentatively occur April 2017-November 2017.

Construction of Phase 5 from Olson Drive to Hickman Road will tentatively occur April 2018-November 2018.
Estimated Completion Dates:

Northbound lanes between University and Olson July 2017
Pedestrian Underpass October 2017
Southbound lanes between University and Olson
November 2017


Widening of lanes between Olson and Hickman November 2018
Contractor: Concrete Technologies, Inc.

City Staff Project Contacts: John Gibson, Public Works Director
Rudy Koester, Asst. Public Works Director - Engineering
Dan Werts, Street Superintendent
Staff Directory

Project Description:

Phase 4 of this project to widen Alice's Road from two to six lanes will begin April 2017 and will be completed in late fall of 2017. It includes the widening of the road from University Avenue to SE Olson Drive as well as construction of a new pedestrian underpass that will provide a safe place to cross Alice’s Road via the Heart of the Warrior recreational trail. Phase 5 will begin in April 2018 and will be completed in the fall of 2018. It includes the improvements from SE Olson Drive to just north of Hickman Road. And, the best news about the project is that Alice’s Road will remain open throughout construction! 

There will be some intermittent road closures near Alice’s Road. SE Olson Drive and Frontier Drive will both be affected by temporary closures, but not at the same time. City communications channels and large on-site signs will alert drivers of any upcoming closures or traffic slow-downs.

As with all construction, much is dependent on weather and other uncontrollable circumstances. The project timeline will change and be updated as needed. 

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