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 West Broadway Reconstruction Project aims to improve the first impression for those traveling across the Missouri River, making a noticeable difference to the ‘front door’ of Council Bluffs.
The Project will preserve and enhance the economic vitality of Council Bluffs by transforming West Broadway, from 36th Street to 15th Street, into a more viable and aesthetically pleasing transportation corridor for businesses, residents and the traveling public. Planned improvements to the corridor include:
The West Broadway Reconstruction Project is needed for several reasons, including:
Safety along the West Broadway corridor will be improved by eliminating and consolidating access, where possible.
The City is committed to performing efficient, but thorough, analysis that will inform the future construction decision-making process, including:
Analysis received from the planning phase, including public input, will help to determine constructability, cost and schedule for the phased construction.
Elements included in the final design of the Project will be determined from public input, as well as coordination with the members of the Technical Committee, which include City representatives and engineering consultants.
Construction of the West Broadway corridor, from 36th Street to 15th Street, is proposed to occur in five segments over five years, with each segment approximately 2,000 feet in length. Construction of the corridor would begin at the west end (36th Street) and continue east. Local business access will be provided during the reconstruction but as the necessary construction will reduce traffic capacity on West Broadway, Avenue A and 2nd Avenue will act as relief detours for drivers who do not need to visit local businesses.
Several proposed improvements could be implemented along the West Broadway corridor, including:
Previous planning efforts identified the conversion as a beneficial improvement for the corridor. This work is the implementation of the planning study findings. Restoring the two-way street will enhance access to the neighborhoods and the West Broadway corridor.
West Broadway was purposely reconstructed with minor variations in height to allow water to flow easily into the inlets along the corridor. This will promote better drainage and help prevent standing water on West Broadway.
While medians were components of the master plan, on March 13, 2017 the Council Bluffs City Council passed a resolution to amend the master plan to eliminate all medians.
The West Broadway Corridor Master Plan is the result of a three-month planning process conducted by the design team working with city officials and a Stakeholder Advisory Committee representing West Broadway business owners.
The Corridor Master Plan represents the current consensus of the design team on a combination of improvements that satisfy Project design goals and objectives. Proposed enhancements will improve traffic and pedestrian safety, as well as the appearance and function of the corridor.
More analysis will occur and options will be further studied during design development.
The West Broadway Corridor Master Plan is NOT:
To view the Corridor Master Plan, visit the About page.
The City is dedicated to working with local businesses to understand and seek alternatives to lessen potential impacts during construction. The City will continue to communicate with businesses about what to expect during construction, whom they can contact regarding construction-related issues, and any associated detours that will take place. To join the Project Mailing List, fill out our online form on the Contact page.
At times, it will be necessary to disrupt water service to CB Water Works customers as part of the project. This will occur:
For questions or more information, contact CB Water Works Staff Engineer, Brian Cady, at 712-325-1006, ext. 1039 or email@example.com.
Alternate access, such as alley or side street access, will be provided. In the event that no alternate access is available, the contractor will be required to maintain access via existing drives or adjacent temporary drives.
The City has a desire to replace existing overhead lines with underground power and will be coordinating with Mid-American Energy to review opportunities in the future phases.
As Federal funds are not being used for the Project, a historic review is not required and will not be completed at this time. Only limited right-of-way acquisition is planned on the Project and existing buildings are not expected to be impacted.
The West Broadway Reconstruction Project has been designed using a full-depth, Perpetual Asphalt Pavement. This means that the roadway will use specially-designed materials and construction methods that will last for many years without the need to be fully reconstructed. Asphalt pavement is extremely fast to construct and this speed of construction ensures the least amount of impact to the businesses and traveling public. The long-term performance, ease of rehabilitation, and sustainable nature of the Perpetual Asphalt Pavement design were all factors in the City’s decision to choose asphalt over concrete for the project. Additional factors included the smooth and quiet ride that asphalt provides, as well as the beautiful contrast that the black asphalt roadway will have with the new concrete curb, striping, and streetscape features.
Segment 2 encompasses West Broadway, from 32nd to 28th Street. Preliminary construction activities are already underway, such as utility relocations; this construction will continue into early 2018. Roadway reconstruction begins in early 2018. Learn more about Segment 2.
Segment 1 encompasses West Broadway, from 36th to 33rd Street. Construction will be complete in late fall 2017.
Throughout construction, West Broadway will remain open for local traffic. Through traffic will be encouraged to use Avenue A and 2nd Avenue.
The City of Council Bluffs is working to develop a “West Broadway Landscaping Assistance Program” that can provide 50 percent of the construction cost for eligible private landscape improvements that front West Broadway. Applications are available at the City of Council Bluffs Community Development Dept., 403 Willow St., Council Bluffs, IA 51503, 712-328-4629. For more information, visit the About page.
During construction of Segment 1, the Metro bus route will be on detour. Eastbound buses will use 2nd Ave, from 36th to 31st St. Bus stops will be at 36th, 35th, 34th & 32nd on 2nd Ave. Westbound buses will use Avenue A, from N 31st St to N 36th. Bus stops will be at N 36th, N 35th, N 34th & N 32nd on Avenue A. Buses will be back on Broadway starting on 31st St. For more information, visit www.ometro.com.
The following is an estimated schedule for the design and reconstruction of West Broadway. Please note that all dates are subject to change.
Check back often and visit the Stay Informed page for more information about upcoming meetings. Sign up to join our Mailing List or submit your comments by filling out the online form on the Contact page. Comments can also be submitted by emailing info@WBReconstruction.com. Follow Project progress on our Facebook page.