North River Drive study given green light

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldThe proposed spot for North River Drive is located behind the Clinton Sawmill Museum's new expansion.

CLINTON — The city of Clinton will officially conduct a preliminary study to analyze the feasibility of a potential riverfront roadway.

The Clinton City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with Cedar Rapids firm Snyder and Associates for "the development of a North River Drive Concept and cost opinions update," in which officials will draft a "vision of constructing a roadway adjacent to the existing levee top."

Working with groups such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the study will develop costs, identify potential funding sources, define a schedule, develop a brochure and prepare for Snyder and Associates to present the study's findings to the City Council when it is complete.

Coordination with those groups, such as the Corps of Engineers, will allow Snyder and Associates to "gain an understanding of the permitting requirements and potential schedule implications associated with procuring those permits," according to an exhibit paired with the approved resolution.

Originally expected to cost $7,500, an extra $5,000 was added to ensure the comprehensive nature of the study, and the study costs now will total $12,500.

The accepted resolution states that once Snyder and Associates has been given the official green light to begin the services, the firm has four months to complete the scope of services. The concept development aspect of the study will be given $9,500 of the allotted sum, with $3,000 being devoted to developing the cost opinions.

Initial ideas for the riverfront roadway, beginning roughly where Riverview Drive ends at Ninth Avenue North, involve a two-lane roadway connecting to an eastern portion of Main Avenue in the Lyons District via a roundabout.

Notes from a past City Council Committee of the Whole meeting say that the riverfront's Discovery Trail will not be affected by any construction that would occur if the roadway is built.