The following projects were included in the Engineering Department's 2019 Annual Work Program. Some are in the planning and development stages. Visit our Road Construction Map to see where lane and road closures exist, along with detours for specific projects.
Project Overview: This portion of the project includes the reconstruction of 6th Avenue from 13th Street to 19th Street and a roundabout located at 6th Avenue and 15th Street.
The City of Marion was selected for TSIP funding for the installation of traffic signals and the reconstruction of left turn lanes at the intersection of Hennessey Parkway and IA 13. Turn lane improvements were completed in December. Due to longer lead time the traffic signals will be installed over the winter.
Project Overview: The project includes the construction of 121 LF of a 12’ by 10’ reinforced box culvert and other associated work at a location just northwest of the Alburnett Rd – Central Ave Bridge. The project will provide a trail crossing underneath Alburnett Road for the future Indian Creek Trail project as well as provide flooding backwater relief of Indian Creek for the proposed Alburnett Road Extension.
Progress Updates: The project will be completed in the Spring, the completion date will be weather dependent.
Project Overview: The City of Marion was able to obtain grants from the IDOT to take the existing runway that is currently approximately 21 feet wide to a 60-foot-wide runway. This includes additional grading, draintile, runway lighting and other improvements.
Completion date will be weather dependent.
This project includes the reconstruction of the existing pavement, driveways, storm sewer, subdrain, water main, and other associated work on 14th Street from 12th Avenue to Brockman Avenue. Exact limits will be determined as the design is finalized based on available funding. Proposed Letting Spring 2020.
The proposed project would include the complete removal and replacement of A Avenue and the placement of a rock subbase. The street will be reconstructed from S. 11th St to S. 15th St. This proposal also includes storm sewer improvements the entire length of the project along with relaying sanitary sewer from S. 11th St to S. 12th St and relaying water main from S. 12th St to S. 14th St.
Project Overview: This project is being led by the Planning Department, but the Engineering Department will be taking it over once it is let. Shoemaker and Haaland has been hired as the Engineer for the project.
November 7, 2019 Council approved an addendum to the original agreement to break the project into additional phases so that each phase can move forward as it is designed rather than do it all at once:
- Phase 1 - Demolition of Existing Rail Bridge over Marion Blvd ($320,000).The project is currently contracted with Peterson Contractors Inc. and has a late start date of 8/24/2020 and 40 working days.
- Phase 2 - Construction of Paved Trail from Grand Avenue Spur to Marion Blvd Bridge over Indian Creek ($635,000).Project Letting in April 2020.
- Phase 3 - Reconfiguration and Preservation of Existing Rail Bridge over Indian Creek and Construction of Paved Trail Adjacent to Bridge ($1,445,000). Project letting in February 2020.
- Phase 4 - Construction of Pedestrian Trail Bridge over Marion Blvd and Paved Trail from Bridge to 7th Street ($1,813,000).Letting date to be determined.
- Phase 5 - Construction of Paved Trail from Grand Avenue Spur to City Limits near Mount Cavalry Cemetery ($1,886,000).Letting date to be determined.
This project is a joint public/private project with the City and Genesis Equities
Project Overview: On May 10, 2014 a resolution approving a development agreement with
Genesis Equities, LLC including tax increment financing payments in an amount not to exceed
$8,400,000 plus interest, was approved by City Council providing for the construction funding bythe developer. This agreement includes the Central Corridor Project from 13th Street to 31st Street.
This portion of the project includes the construction of 6th Avenue from 19th Street to 26th Street and will connect to the east end roundabout. Depending on acquisitions, this project may be constructed in multiple phases. The plans have been completed. There are still a few property acquisitions and easements to be completed.
Projects in Development
Concept Study - Snyder & Associates, $248,950.00
The project, using LOST funding - $1,300,000.00, will include the first phase of the extension of Alburnett Road from 7th Avenue to Boyson Road.The funding includes several early phases of the project: concept study, design, and possible right-of-way acquisitions. Project funding is not intended to provide for the construction of the bridge over Indian Creek, but will provide for extensive preliminary work to be completed.
On Feb. 15, 2001 Council approved the alignment option extending Alburnett Road south from Edinburgh Drive, south across Indian Creek, through Willow Park and along 2nd Street to 7th Avenue. Council later reaffirmed the need for the realignment due to traffic volumes and congestion along Central Avenue and 10th Street. On March 17, 2016 City Council directed staff to solicit engineering services to complete a concept study. Staff has since solicited Requests for Proposals, which were due on April 13, 2016. After staff's review of the proposals and recommendation to City Council, Snyder and Associates was awarded the contract June 23, 2016.
For more background information regarding the history of the Alburnett Road Extension Project, please read the memo staff presented to Council on June 22, 2017.
Alburnett Road Extension Project History - Council Memo
Plans have been submitted for multi-department review. This project was deallocated a lot of its funds in the CIP on 12.6.18. Work on the box culvert that is required for the bridge backwater and the Indian Creek Trail will be completed in the Spring of 2020. Staff will finalize the plans when the funding becomes available. Plans will be completed and shelved until adequate funding is supplied.
The Indian Creek and Dry Run Creek Trunk Sanitary Sewer consists of approximately 16 miles of sanitary sewer ranging in size from 18-inches to 48-inches in diameter. The trunk sewer is multi-jurisdictional serving Linn County and the cities of Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha and Robins. The new sanitary sewer will provide additional capacity to accommodate present needs and future growth. The sanitary sewer will be constructed in multiple phases over a period of 15 plus years.
On June 9, 2016 Marion City Council approved the 28E Agreement with Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Robins, and Linn County. City Council approved a contract with Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. for engineering design services in an amount not to exceed $315,000.00. Segment 7 is currently being designed; this is expected to take several months. Construction of Segments 7 (1 - 2 phases). Depending on acquisitions this is proposed to have a letting in November of 2019.
Some modifications have been proposed, a site visit was held June 6, 2019 to go over proposed modifications. Additional soil borings are proposed to determine soil/rock conditions and probable construction limits.
Funding Source: TSIP - $293,000.00 - LOST - $207,000.00
On December 18, 2018 the City received notice of award of $293,000 from the Traffic Safety Improvement Program [TSIP] for the construction of a mini roundabout at the intersection of 10th Street and Central Avenue/10th Avenue. The remainder of the approved budget for the project construction and associated engineering services will be funded with the City of Marion Local Option Sales Tax Funds.
On April 4, 2019, the City of Marion awarded a contract to HR Green for engineering services regarding the 2019 10th Street and Central Avenue/10th Avenue Intersection Project.
On 5.9.19, the City of Marion approved the grant agreement with the IDOT.
Letting is proposed in the Spring of 2020.
Tower Terrace Road will provide another major east-west arterial route across the northern portion of the Cedar Rapids metro area, connecting Interstate 380 to Iowa 13. This video fly-through shows the proposed Tower Terrace Road Alignment.
Tower Terrace Road, from C Ave. to Alburnett Road, is a critical connector that runs east to west. Ultimately, the project will connect to elements that stretch from Interstate 380 at Hiawatha and Cedar Rapids to Highway 13 on the east side of Marion. Tower Terrace Road stands to become an important commercial corridor that will promote sustainable development and help the surrounding communities become stronger.
Planners for Linn County and four surrounding communities—including Cedar Rapids and Marion—laid the groundwork for the project decades ago. Tower Terrace Road is designed to serve as a crosstown route that provides access to an area with a projected population grown of 40,000 by the year 2040.
For an up to date schedule, current design and additional information regarding Tower Terrace Road between C Avenue and Alburnett Road, please visit the Tower Terrace Road webpage.