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Preservation of Northeast Mixmaster Corridor in Polk County

January 22, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 22, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is providing public notice of a corridor preservation project for future improvements to the Interstate 35/80/235 northeast systems interchange (northeast mixmaster) and associated areas on Northeast 54th Avenue and Delaware Avenue (Northeast 22nd Street) in Polk County. A preservation project means that the Iowa DOT may need to acquire additional right of way or property rights within the designated area.

This notice shall be valid for a period of three years from the date of notification of the city or county, and may be refiled by the Iowa DOT every three years.

This notice includes a depiction of the corridor preservation area on a map, which is available at http://www.iowadot.gov/ole/otherprojectinfo.html . Width of the corridor preservation zone varies depending upon the location within the corridor.

Per Iowa Code 306.19(5), each city and county within the designated preservation corridor shall provide written notification to the Iowa DOT of: (1) an application for a building permit for construction valued at $25,000 or more; (2) submission of a subdivision plat; or (3) proposed zoning change within the area. Notification must be provided to the Iowa DOT at least 30 days prior to granting the proposed building permit, approving the subdivision plat or changing the zoning. Written notification shall include all pertinent information regarding the proposed permit, plat or zoning change.

If the Iowa DOT, within the 30-day period, notifies the city or county in writing that the Iowa DOT is proceeding to acquire all or part of the property or property rights affecting the area, the city or county shall not issue the building permit, approve the subdivision plat or change the zoning. The Iowa DOT may apply to the city or county for an extension of the 30-day period. After a public hearing on the matter, the city or county may grant an additional 60-day extension of the period.

The Iowa DOT shall begin the process of acquiring property or property rights from affected persons within 10 days of the Iowa DOT’s written notification of intent to the city or county.

For general information regarding the corridor preservation, contact Tony Gustafson, assistant District 1 engineer, 1020 S. Fourth St., Ames, Iowa 50010 or by telephone at 515-239-1635 or 800-899-0623 or email tony.gustafson@dot.iowa.gov.

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