Alice's Road Widening
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. Phase 4 to widen Alice’s Road north of University Avenue to SE Olson Drive was completed in December 2017. This improvement project also featured the construction of a Heart of the Warrior Trail underpass, a trail addition along the west side of Alice's Road and a sidewalk addition along the east side.
Construction for Phase 5 is currently underway. This phase consists of 0.8 miles of road from SE Olson Drive to NE Horizon Drive. Crews are constructing underground utilities (storm sewer, water main and sanitary sewer). As the project continues, the portion of Alice’s Road north of SE Olson Drive will be widened from two lanes to six lanes. The western three lanes will be constructed first in the fall of 2018 while the existing two lanes remain open for traffic; once the western lanes are completed they will open to traffic. This includes paving of the eastern lanes as well as work at the intersection of Alice's Road and Hickman Road. The entire project is expect to wrap up by June 2019.
|Estimated Cost:||$22.6 million total
(Phase 4: $9.8 million & Phase 5: $12.8 million)
|Estimated Start Date:
||Construction of Phase 4 from University Avenue to Olson Drive was completed in December 2017 with additional repairs to the pedestrian underpass completed in October 2018.
Construction of Phase 5 from Olson Drive to north of Hickman Road will tentatively April 2018-June 2019, weather permitting.
|Estimated Completion Dates:||PHASE 4
Northbound lanes between University and Olson
Southbound lanes between University and Olson
Widening of western lanes from SE Olson Drive to NE Horizon Drive
Widening of eastern lanes from SE Olson Drive to NE Horizon Drive; Alice's Road and Hickman Road intersection expansion and improvements
July 2017 - COMPLETED
October 2017 COMPLETED
December 2017 -COMPLETED
|Contractor:||Phase 4: Concrete Technologies, Inc.
Phase 5: Absolute Concrete
|City Staff Project Contacts:||Rudy Koester, Public Works Director/City Engineer
Dan Werts, Street Superintendent
|Project Description:||Phase 4 of this project to widen Alice's Road from two to six lanes began in spring 2017 and was completed in December 2017. It included 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. Trails and sidewalks were also added adjacent to Alice's Road.
Construction for Phase 5 is currently underway. This phase consists of 0.8 miles of road from SE Olson Drive to NE Horizon Drive. Crews are constructing underground utilities (storm sewer, water main and sanitary sewer). As the project continues, the portion of Alice’s Road north of SE Olson Drive will be widened from two lanes to six lanes. The western three lanes will be constructed in fall 2019 first while the existing two lanes remain open for traffic; once the western lanes are completed they will open to traffic while the eastern lanes close.
Due to a rainy summer and fall of 2019, the eastern three lanes will be paved in spring 2019. This phase of the project will also mean the intersection of Alice’s Road and Hickman Road will undergo significant changes. A temporary traffic signal will be installed and operational for the duration of intersection work. Hickman Road will be widened to accommodate dual left turn lanes and right turn lanes for eastbound/westbound traffic. Both Alice’s Road and Hickman Road will be open to traffic throughout Phase 5 of this project, however, temporary overnight closures of Alice’s Road may be scheduled to accommodate utility work. These will be announced in advance.
The full project is expected to wrap up by June 2019.
As with all construction, much is dependent on weather and other uncontrollable circumstances. The project timeline will change and be updated as needed.
Extremely wet weather in June, early September and now into October has slowed crews working on the project to widen Alice's Road. The contractor and City staff have modified the construction timeline. Read on for an updated timeline...
Due to construction, the speed limit on the stretch of Alice's Road from SE Olson Drive to NE Horizon Drive is now 25 mph. This speed limit will be posted and enforced throughout the entirety of Phase 5 of this project.