Sioux Center City staff continues to work with Iowa Department of Transportation staff to seek funding for Highway 75 improvements in Sioux Center.
City Manager Scott Wynja shared with the City Council this week that this continues to be a priority for Sioux Center, to improve the functionality, safety and appearance of the highway.
This past fall, the city asked the DOT to partner on this project and approve funding to replace the aging pavement and construct an enhanced four-lane roadway, with a center turning lane and pedestrian safety features. The DOT will share which projects are on its next five-year funding plan in June of 2019.
With the potential for a Highway 75 improvement project to be placed on that five-year plan, city staff developed an estimated sequence of phases this project would take to complete. After DOT approval, there would be several phases of planning and design, incorporating public discussions, followed by two years of construction. Construction would be anticipated in the fourth and fifth year, but timing would ultimately depend on how the DOT would decide to allocate funding. See a visual estimated timeline.
“We want to continue to be proactive with our communications, not only internally but more so being transparent with the public, keeping them informed, making them aware of the project status, all the things that need to be completed for the project to move forward,” Wynja said.
Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein noted that public input has already been shaping preliminary design ideas for the roadway, including pedestrian safety features and traffic calming features.
In the recent Community Survey, respondents ranked safe and efficient traffic flow on Highway 75 highest for future transportation investments for the community.
“Based on the community survey and feedback we’ve heard, the community certainly feels this is a priority,” Wynja said. “While the process to improve this highway is complicated and impacts people in a variety of ways, the end result will be a roadway that serves Sioux Center for the next 40-50 years.”