Grimes, IA

Highway 44

  • Client City of Grimes
  • Type Municipal
  • Services Safe Streets Phases 1 and 2
  • Construction Cost $1.3 Million and $6.7 Million
  • Project Manager John Gade, P.E.
  • Project Engineer Mitch Holtz, P.E.

Challenge

A city’s ability to safely and expeditiously move its citizens from one place to another is dependent on a number of services not the least of which is a well-maintained and thoughtfully planned transportation system.

In 2000 the city, along with the Highway 44 Corridor Partnership, began extensive efforts to obtain funding for improvements to IA 44.  Some of the most congested areas are through the city of Grimes. Congestion like this translated to safety issues.

Solution

The city asked FOX to perform studies and provide cost estimates. FOX also handled the application for Surface Transportation Program funds for approximately 3,000 feet of a 4-lane widening and geometric improvement project for the section North Circle Drive to IA 141.

The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) awarded Grimes the entire requested amount of $700,000 and the Iowa Department of Transportation contributed $200,000 to the project. The city engaged FOX to prepare construction plans for completing the project and to provide construction administration and project observation.

Phase II of the IA 44 project continued with widening the roadway – two lanes became three lanes 1000’ west of South Brookside Drive. The city of Grimes asked FOX to study the issues and provide cost estimates, then apply for Surface Transportation Program funds for approximately 6,500 feet of the 3-lane widening and geometric improvement project.

The city used this information to obtain $2.6 million in special funding from the United States Congress and $1.75 million from the Iowa Department of Transportation. FOX prepared construction plans, and provided construction administration and project observation. The project included right-of-way acquisition, street lighting, traffic signals, pavement reconstruction, storm sewer and decorative sidewalks and landscaping.

Outcome

The city has an aesthetically pleasing thoroughfare now; even more important this well-traveled street is safer and moves traffic expeditiously. The city made full use of funding and, as a result, improvements to Hwy 44 became a reality sooner than thought possible. As the city continues to grow, FOX works with staff to plan for and maintain future transportation systems.