CLINTON — Since the mid-1990s, the city of Clinton has been working with state and federal officials to complete two major road projects — 19th Avenue North, which is entering its final phase, and Liberty Square, which was completed this year — that will affect how traffic moves throughout the city of Clinton for years to come.
The 19th Avenue North extension, once completed next year, is designed to funnel traffic from the Iowa 136 bridge to the Lyons Business and Technology Park while creating an east-west corridor that will complete the loop around Clinton that already consists of Mill Creek Parkway, U.S. 30 and U.S. 67.
The extension will connect Millcreek Parkway to Main Avenue, allowing for future development in the park by opening up an additional 80 acres. Additionally, the extension will provide another access and exit to accommodate the increased traffic that has occurred as a result of the development in the area.
Phases I and II of the project, which are already complete, have connected Mill Creek Parkway to Springdale Drive and extended the road to approximately 1,100 feet west of Randall Court. The third phase, now under way, will connect to the road constructed in Phase II.
Roughly one mile of concrete from North Second Street to the existing dead end of 19th Avenue Northwest will be constructed and reconstructed as part of phase III. The project also will include storm and sanitary sewer improvements, traffic signal improvements and the construction of retaining walls. According to the timeline provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation, construction should start in May 2014 and the project is to wrap up in November 2014.
In recent developments, the city of Clinton accepted a $450,000 Restoring Iowa’s Sound Economy grant to construct 1,100 feet of 19th Avenue North, 880 feet of 10th Street Northwest and a right-turn lane on Main Avenue.