Ingersoll Avenue Reconstruction from Polk Blvd to 42nd St
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What is the Ingersoll Avenue Reconstruction project between Polk Boulevard and 42nd Street?
Currently, Ingersoll Avenue between Polk Boulevard and 42nd Street includes a drive lane in each direction, a continuous left turn lane, bike lanes in each direction and on-street parking on both sides. To comply with the City’s Complete Streets Policy and meet current traffic and parking needs, the two-way left turn lane and parking on one side of Ingersoll Avenue will be repurposed. The new street configuration will include drive lanes in each direction, on-street parking on the north side and buffered bike lanes in each direction. These improvements provide a consistent corridor to connect the improvements currently under construction from MLK to 24th Street associated with the Streetscape improvements. Existing sidewalks will be reconstructed. New sidewalk will be constructed to fill-in missing gaps to provide a continuous walking path. The project also includes improvements to underground utilities.
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Why reconstruct Ingersoll Avenue?
Engineering & Research International, Inc. (ERI) conducted a pavement evaluation analysis in 2016 that identified this section of Ingersoll Avenue to need full reconstruction. The City hired McClure Engineering Co. to study the existing traffic and parking use on Ingersoll Avenue and to review how the current and future parking and traffic needs would fit with the City’s Complete Streets Policy. The study of traffic data found the two-way left turn lane was unnecessary to meet turning movements and that peak parking along the corridor could be accommodated with parking on only the north side of Ingersoll Avenue. The new roadway section will reduce the crossing distance to improve pedestrian safety. The existing bike lanes on Ingersoll Avenue are not buffered and do not meet the Complete Streets Policy. Buffered bike lanes are proposed for this public improvement project. The existing storm water collection system does not meet current design standards and will require improvements including permeable pavers in the on-street parking lane.
When will construction take place?
Reconstruction of Ingersoll between Polk Boulevard and 42nd Street is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021 and be substantially complete in the fall of 2021. Supplementary landscape restoration work may be required in the spring of 2022 to fully complete the project.
Streetscape improvements and roadway reconstruction of Ingersoll Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr Parkway and 31st Street is currently underway and will continue for the next several construction seasons. Improvements to Ingersoll Avenue between 31st Street and 42nd street are currently being planned to provide a consistent corridor but are not yet incorporated into the city’s 5-year budgeting plan.
Will roads be closed during construction? Will I have access to my driveway?
Ingersoll Avenue between 42nd Street and Polk Boulevard will be closed to thru traffic. Road closures and detour routes will be posted on the Road Closure Map on the City's website. Construction will be staged to maximize access to driveways for local traffic. Driveways within the project will not be accessible during limited portions of construction. If necessary, special accommodations and/or coordination will be made during construction to assist residents with mobility requirements.
During construction, solid waste collection services will be continued as normal. Mail service will be maintained.
Residents are encouraged make any needed repairs to their water and sanitary sewer services prior to the construction of the new street pavement. It is anticipated that these will reduce the need to remove any of the new roadway pavement after the project is complete.
How much will it cost?
The estimated construction cost is $2.75 million. A portion of that cost, $1.0 million, will be paid for using Iowa Department of Transportation funding. The remainder was programmed as part of the City's Capital Improvements Project (CIP) budget. There will be no special assessment for this public improvement project.
Who do I contact if I have questions>
City of Des Moines Engineering
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