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Two road construction projects planned for U.S. 69 between Ankeny and Ames in 2015 #iatraffic

AMES, Iowa – April 28, 2015 – Two road construction projects on U.S. 69 between Ankeny and Ames will require road closures and detours beginning Monday, May 4, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 1 office.

U.S. 69 from south Ames to Iowa 210 south of Huxley

The first project, from Ken Maril Road (in Ames) to Iowa 210, is a hot-mix asphalt resurfacing project. The contractor will mill off the existing asphalt surface, rubbelize the concrete underneath, and then place new asphalt. Full-width paved shoulders will be added as well repairs to culverts and the clearing of trees. The contractor will work on the Iowa 210 to Huxley piece first. That portion will be closed and a detour put in place from May 4 until May 21 (see map). The detour will use Story County roads E-63 and R-38, and Iowa 210.

The contractor will then move to the Ken Maril Road (Ames) to 310th Lane (Huxley) portion. This portion of U.S. 69 will be closed and a detour in place from approximately May 26 until Aug. 21 (see map). The detour will use U.S. 30, Interstate 35, and Iowa 210.

In addition, U.S. 69 in Huxley will be milled and resurfaced. Traffic will be maintained with lane closures. Motorists will be assisted by pilot cars and flaggers.

Manatts Inc. was awarded the $5,929,732.51 contract for this resurfacing project.

U.S. 69 from 118th Ave. (Ankeny) to Iowa 210 (south of Huxley)

A second project, from 118th Avenue (in Ankeny) to Iowa 210, consists of refurbishing the roadway using a Portland cement concrete overlay. The contractor will mill off part of the existing asphalt surface and then place new concrete. Full-width paved shoulders will be added with the project. Other work in the project area includes culvert repairs and tree clearing.  The contractor will close the road from May 6 until late August (see map). The detour will use Iowa 210, I-35, and N.E. 36th Street in Ankeny.

Flynn Company Inc. was awarded the $4,863,872.35 contract for this second project.

Access for property owners on the closed portions of U.S. 69 will be maintained during both projects.

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The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.


Contact: Jenny Hoskins at 515-386-8166 or [email protected] for questions about construction north of Iowa 210 or Danny Zeimen at 515-986-2850 or [email protected] for questions about construction south of Iowa 210





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