Washington group addresses IDOT TuesdayRepresentatives speak of projects and grants during hearing
CORALVILLE — A group of Washington County representatives went to a public listening post with the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) on Tuesday, April 9, in Coralville.
The delegation spoke to the DOT about a couple of projects and grants that Washington County would benefit from.
City of Washington Administrator Brent Hinson spoke to the DOT about the road the City of Washington plans for the industrial park.
“We’re working on the conceptual design of it right now,” Hinson said. “We’re planning on applying for a RISE (Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy) grant that would fund 50 percent of it.”
Hinson said the industrial park would be a total of 66 acres. It is north of the city’s sewer and water plant. In the first phase, the city would develop 25–30 acres of the industrial park, including the road and utilities.
Another member of the delegation who spoke was Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh. Schlabaugh spoke about the scheduled improvements to Highway 1.
The DOT is going to work on repaving the road from Washington County road G36 all the way up to Highway 218 in Iowa City during the summer of 2014, Schlabaugh said. The DOT will also be working on the highway’s shoulders.
“The DOT had planned for a 4- to 6-foot bikeable shoulder,” Schlabaugh said. “I spoke with the DOT about our Amish community and how that would affect them. The Amish would like to see a 10-foot paved shoulder so their buggies aren’t halfway on and halfway off.”
Schlabaugh also said the DOT was on board for doing a traffic survey regarding speed limits on Highway 1.
“We would like to extend the 35 mph a little bit further,” Schlabaugh said.
There is a housing development just off of Highway 1 north of the four-way stop sign that has a turn lane. Schlabaugh said lowering the speed limit would make it a little safer for residents turning to go home.
Another county representative at the DOT’s listening post was Wellman Elementary School Principal Evan Parrott.
“My portion was to talk about the Safe Routes to School,” Parrott said. “Wellman turned in a grant and now we’re just waiting to hear back.”
Washington County had two schools turn in grants for the Safe Routes to School grant — Wellman Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School in Washington.
Parrott also was there to show his support for the Highway 1 project.
“It’s a safety concern because it’s narrow and there’s a lot of traffic on it,” Parrott said. “Our bus drivers use that road every day.”
When asked if he would be part of the delegation next year Parrott said yes.
“There was a great group of people there,” he said.