It’s been a hot, dry summer. And it’s been hard on our lawns and air conditioning bills, but it’s been a great year for the many road projects we have going on in Johnston. When finished, the road improvements will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow making it much easier to get from one side of our community to the other. Despite the many detours and traffic pattern changes, the projects will be done soon and well worth the wait.
The project getting the most attention is the widening of 62nd Avenue. The increased traffic on the roadway has required us to go from two lanes to four lanes from Pioneer Parkway to 86th Street. The total cost of the project is $7.38 million, however thanks to a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy grant, $6.38 million of the cost is being paid for with state funds.
The most unique and talked about feature of the new road will be the four roundabouts at each of the intersections along 62nd Avenue. The roundabouts will allow a continuous flow of traffic through the corridor and have avoided the need to install traffic lights at each of the intersections. Trails are being constructed on both the north and south sides and an underpass just east of the two parallel bridges will allow pedestrian traffic to get safely from one side of the road to the other. The trail on the north side will connect to the new Augustine trail that winds along Beaver Creek and extends to 86th street across from Beaver Creek Elementary school.
The 62nd Avenue is ahead of schedule and if the favorable weather continues, will be substantially completed by early October. Thanks to all for your patience as we have worked to make the many road improvements in Johnston.