The city plans to widen 120th Avenue to three lanes in both directions between Washington Street and York Street, plus install 8- to 10-foot pedestrian trails on both sides of the road. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin in April 2022.
There was a public meeting to hear about the project and ask questions on Jan. 20 at the recreation center. The meeting was recorded for others to view afterwards:
What is the purpose of the project?
To widen 120th Avenue to three lanes in both directions between Washington Street and York Street, as well as construct improved pedestrian trails on both sides of the road.
Why is the city investing in this project?
It will eliminate the bottleneck and congestion that occurs during high-volume traffic hours and improve road safety. Adding the third lane will increase capacity by 50%, is anticipated to reduce accident rates, and improve air quality (less idling ). A new traffic signal at Race Street will accommodate future development in the Karl’s Farm area.
How is the project funded?
The city received a federal grant in the amount of $9.48M, plus a private developer (Karl's Farm) provided $1.8M towards the local $3.98M of matching funds required. In total, this is a $13.46M project (the city’s contribution is $2.18M, with $11.28M leveraged from other sources).
When will construction start and how long will it take?
The project timeline (subject to change) is to award the contract in April of 2022; the start date is not determined but hopes are it will be soon after the contractor is secured. It is a 12 to 14-month construction schedule.
Kiran Bhusal, Civil Engineer