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On June 10, the public had an opportunity to learn about a future Iowa Department of Transportation project on Highway 1.
The purpose of the meeting, held June 26 at KCTC in Kalona, was to discuss proposed improvements to Highway 1 in Johnson County, between Kalona and Iowa City.
The proposed work includes replacing structures over:
• Old Woman’s Creek.
• Old Man’s Creek.
• A small natural stream located 2.1 miles south of Johnson County Road F52.
• A stream 0.6 miles north of Johnson County Road F-52.
• Old Man’s Creek Overflow, 0.8 miles south of Johnson County Road F52.
Iowa DOT District 6 Area Engineer Newman Abuissa said that turnout at the meeting was light, but several property owners that will be impacted by the project were in attendance.
“We discussed permanent and temporary easements with the property owners,” Abuissa said.
He explained that the project is currently slated to be let out for bid in October 2019.
“That will give the contractor a few months to prepare to start work in the spring of 2020,” Abuissa said.
Iowa DOT addressed the concern of access to properties.
“Construction of the projects will be coordinated and staged to allow access to properties at all times,” a DOT information sheet on the project read. “Some stages will require detouring through traffic out of the project corridor. When needed, through traffic on Iowa 1 will be detoured using U.S. 218 and Iowa 22.”
Iowa DOT detour maps show two detour routes. One is as described on the information sheet – highways 22 and 218. Another runs west on 500th Street, north on Orval Yoder Turnpike, then west on Black Diamond Road back to Highway 1.
Abuissa said more information on the project would be available as the project date gets closer.