The start of construction on the first of five segments for the West Broadway Reconstruction Project is moving closer. The Project will preserve and enhance the economic vitality of Council Bluffs by transforming West Broadway into a more viable and aesthetically pleasing transportation corridor for businesses, residents and drivers. The Project encompasses West Broadway from 36th Street to the west and 15th Street to the east.
"The West Broadway Reconstruction Project will provide improvements to the corridor that include enhancements to the existing drainage system, pavement and sidewalk replacement and modifications to aesthetics, such as street lighting and landscaping," said Mayor Matt Walsh. "The purpose of the Project is to beautify the corridor as a whole, making it an enticing place for residents of the community and future private development. " The City Council approved the West Broadway Corridor Master Plan in October. The plan was the result of an extensive planning process conducted by the design team, focuses on reconstructing the corridor to be more functionally and aesthetically pleasing for all residents.
The City and IDOT signed a transfer of jurisdiction agreement in May of 2016, turning over maintenance responsibilities to the City. As part of the deal, IDOT is providing $20 million in funding. The Mayor sees this as a once in a lifetime opportunity for developing "the front door" of Council Bluffs.
Utility preparation work has already begun on West Broadway. Construction is expected to begin in March of 2017.