CLINTON — A U.S. 30 Corridor Study will help area municipalities preparing for possible growth connected with the railpark project.
Kevin Bailey, a project manager with McClure Engineering, presented the study to the Clinton County Board of Supervisors on Monday. The firm used Iowa Department of Transportation traffic information, conducted meetings with the city staff and evaluated the functionality of existing intersections in order to identify potential improvements and cost estimates.
“The decision has been made to invest heavily in this area,” Bailey said. “We’re not just looking at the rail park, we’re looking at the entire corridor.”
The study was conducted by McClure Engineering with the cooperation of Clinton, Camanche, Low Moor, Clinton County, the Clinton Regional Development Corp., the Clinton County Development Association and the Clinton Municipal Airport.
The study includes recommendations for intersection improvements at South 60th Street, South 54th Street, 40th Street and at Mill Creek Parkway/ Central Steel Road. McClure Engineering estimated the costs for those intersection improvements (in the same order) as: $153,000; $1.075 million; $130,000; and $616,000. The report also recommends industrial park access improvements along 380th Avenue and 54th Street.
However, Bailey did not attend the meeting to recommend any improvements to the highway right now. In fact he told the board that he does not expect the county to make any of the proposed changes yet.
“It’s only as growth occurs throughout the corridor that’s going to trigger certain improvements that need to be made,” Bailey said.
Bailey identified governmental grants, such as the Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy grant, as potential funding sources for the road projects.
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