Official: CB East Beltway (Eastern Hills Drive)

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Official: CB East Beltway (Eastern Hills Drive)

Postby icejammer » Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:05 pm

the full story:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=15658108&BRD=2703&PAG=461&dept_id=555106&rfi=6

After years of planning, design work and efforts to securing funding, construction of the north-south Council Bluffs beltway should begin in the near future, a local official said.

It's to be done in six segments with bids on the construction of the first two segments to be opened on Feb. 22, said John Rasmussen, Pottawattamie County engineer.

It will be a two-lane highway with room to expand to four lanes if needed in the future, Rasmussen said.


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Postby eomaha » Mon Jan 16, 2006 11:24 pm

More on Council Bluffs' East Beltway...

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=1636&u_sid=2099616

$48 million, 6-8 years to complete phased construction

Public hearing on Jan 23rd, construction could start in the spring.

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Postby icejammer » Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:00 pm

Plans and specs approved for Segments A and B, bids to be opened on Feb. 22, $4.7 million project.

More on the story: East Beltway plans approved
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Postby icejammer » Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:14 pm

Last approving authority throws their support to the project:

Supervisors throw in support for beltway

It's hoped that construction could start in April or May, said Supervisor Delbert King.

"It's going to be a tremendous project," he said. "A lot of dirt is to be moved, a tremendous amount."

The beltway will be a two-lane roadway but can be widened to four lanes when the need arises, officials have said.

It could take many years before it's totally completed, depending on how quickly money can arrive, they said.

It will be worth it in the long term, Board Chairman Loren Knauss said.

"The road is not just about an easier commute, but development of the area," he said. "We're justifying these funds for development. You have to spend money to make money."

The new road would spur new homes and commercial development in that area, he said.
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Postby icejammer » Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:53 am

Funding being sought for the next phase of work, as well as funds for widening 24th St. north of the Interstate (going towards casino and MAC):

East Beltway funding discussed in D.C.

Approximately $6 million was requested for the fourth segment of the East Beltway, extending that project from Stevens Road to State Orchard Road to Iowa Highway 92.

Eventually, the beltway will stretch all the way south to Interstate 29; but money for that portion of the project probably will not be allocated until the next major transportation bill comes out in a few years, said Bob Mundt, executive director of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce.

The group also sought federal funds for the widening of South 24th Street from four to five lanes between 23rd Avenue and Interstate 29/80, he said.

"South 24th Street doesn't have a center turn lane," Mundt said. "That's a fairly big project. We're hoping to get that done in the next couple of years."
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Postby icejammer » Fri Mar 17, 2006 8:17 am

Beltway Ready to Go

The paperwork has been signed, and now construction can start on the long-awaited East Beltway that will provide a new north-south route east of Council Bluffs from U.S. Highway 6 eventually going all the way to Interstate 29.


The county's Board of Supervisors at its Wednesday meeting approved a contract with Charles Vrana & Son Construction Co. to begin the first two sections of the road that will stretch from Highway 6 south nearly to Cedar Lane. It's hoped that grading can start next month, with the road to have concrete poured and be drivable, weather permitting, by the end of the year, said County Engineer John Rasmussen.

These first two segments will hook with the third segment that's almost completed through the new Hills of Cedar Creek subdivision. The beltway will be a two-lane road with a turning lane at major intersection with room to expand to four lanes if needed
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Postby icejammer » Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:53 am

Work started this week, with the contractor out surveying control points and starting to clear woody vegetation from the new right-of-way. Might see grading by end of month if it stays dry long enough.
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Postby icejammer » Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:36 am

Just an update on progress: contractor has been preparing embankment on north side of Highway 6 in vicinity of intersection with the Beltway and has started putting down fill now in order to widen Highway 6 for a center turn lane. Looks like they'll be taking a lot of the fill from the cut on the first hill they have to take down. Also doing prep work on the local road at this site that will now "T" into the Beltway.
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Postby icejammer » Mon May 22, 2006 11:58 pm

A few photos from this past week:

Looking east on Highway 6 towards intersection where Beltway will be, adding lane for westbound, current westbound will become center turn lane.
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Looking southeast from intersection with Highway 6, widening footprint of existing road grade and extending culvert under road:
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Looking south from intersection towards where Beltway will be heading over this huge hill - probably end up with a 25-30 foot cut through here.
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Postby MTO » Tue May 23, 2006 12:03 am

Is beltway really appropriate? Shouldn't it be called a bypass
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Postby icejammer » Tue May 23, 2006 8:47 am

Beltway, bypass, doesn't much matter what you or I think, it's what the local officials are calling it, so I guess it is what it is.
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Postby MTO » Tue May 23, 2006 8:52 am

I can just see it now. The 880 will be called a spur.
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Postby icejammer » Tue Aug 08, 2006 8:23 am

Update on progress on the beltway - the road has been paved from McPherson to not quite halfway to Highway 6, still have a lot of dirt to move at Highway 6, looks like about all the dirtwork is done between McPherson and Cedar Lane and paving should start fairly soon there. Should make their goal of having a drivable road by end of year (unless we're deluged with monsoons for the next couple months).
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Postby icejammer » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:13 pm

First phase of beltway half complete

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Employees of Charles Vrana & Son of Omaha work on the northern portion of what will eventually become a beltway around Council Bluffs. When completed, the beltway will intersect with U.S. Highway 6 here at Three Bridge Road.

Work is moving along quite nicely on the new north-south beltway by the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, according to Pottawattamie County Engineer John Rasmussen.

The first phase of the project, which is immediately west of the airport from U.S. Highway 6 to Cedar Lane, is more than halfway done, he said.

"Approximately 4,000 feet has already been paved," Rasmussen said. "It should be done this fall."

The Charles Vrana & Son Co. of Omaha is the contractor.
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Postby icejammer » Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:01 pm

Update on progress - all pavement poured (at least it should be now), just need to paint lines and hydroseed the cuts and embankments. Should be opening next week!
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Postby StreetsOfOmaha » Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:57 pm

The entire beltway???
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Postby icejammer » Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:10 pm

No, not the entire beltway, just the part they constructed this year.  Sorry that wasn't clear
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Postby icejammer » Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:17 am

OK, I was a little optimistic on the opening date for the whole new stretch, but the first phase of the Beltway is now open all the way through (the first several hundred yards off of Hwy 6 has been open nearly a month now).  The cold weather a few weeks back stalled the final stage of construction, which was installing the storm sewer inlets, but it's all done now, except for lane markings.

Expect some commercial development announcements next spring up near the airport and to the south.
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Postby icejammer » Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:51 am

Bluffs homeowners, farmers buck plans for road extension

The price of growth could be high for some Bluffs residents.

Trees, homes and even a church could stand in the way of the next phase of Eastern Hills Drive, just east of Council Bluffs. . . .

The Council Bluffs Public Works Department has been accepting public comment on several proposed alternatives for the project, which as planned would call for Eastern Hills Drive to run from U.S. Highway 6 to State Highway 92. Plans call for eventually making it one continuous four-lane road.

The new road is designed to improve transportation around the city, particularly north-south traffic, to accommodate future traffic demands and to improve emergency access in the area. . . .

Because federal funding is involved — $14 million in appropriations have been set aside for the project — certain steps must be followed as the project proceeds.

The city and Pottawattamie County will recommend a route and pass along their recommendation to the Iowa Transportation Department before it goes to the Federal Highway Administration for approval.

Eventually, the city and county plan to have a beltway that would join U.S. 6 with Interstate 29.


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Postby icejammer » Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:29 pm

Supervisors say county will not oppose airport annexation

Pottawattamie County Supervisors decided Wednesday not to suggest any changes to the proposed voluntary annexation of county property by the city of Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs has proposed annexing 1,075 acres of land near the Council Bluffs Airport and met with representatives of the county as well as Lewis and Garner townships Monday. . . .

The Council Bluffs Airport Authority, which requested annexation and extension of the city’s sanitary sewer system to serve the airport, owns more than half of the land – about 600 acres. . . .

Williams said he thought that a sewer line to the airport would stimulate economic development in and around the airport . . .

Malmquist said the next step in the annexation proposal would take place July 14 at the Planning Commission meeting. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the annexation application on Aug. 10.
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Postby S33 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:45 pm

What's the status of the beltway? I've never seen it or anything under construction.

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Postby icejammer » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:28 am

The first phase was built two years ago, from Hwy 6 to the airport.  The next phase may start up next year, although that's a little shaky as they don't have the alignment secured yet.  It's not, however, a "freeway"-style beltway, although it may be widened in the future for more lanes.
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Postby S33 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:37 pm

icejammer wrote:The first phase was built two years ago, from Hwy 6 to the airport.  The next phase may start up next year, although that's a little shaky as they don't have the alignment secured yet.  It's not, however, a "freeway"-style beltway, although it may be widened in the future for more lanes.


Thanks for the info. I was under the impression that it was an interstate hwy style.

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Postby icejammer » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:38 am

Bluffs annexing airport

. . . The Bluffs City Council Monday unanimously approved the annexation of 1,058 acres of land that would include the airport. . . .
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Postby icejammer » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:21 pm

Impact study on Eastern Hills Drive continues

[quote] . . . The project continues to move forward, but little has changed in recent years.

Public Works Director Greg Reeder said the latest information was sent out to update those people potentially affected by the project. . .

Eastern Hills Drive is being built in four segments between U.S. Highway 6 on the north to Iowa Highway 92 on the south.

Segments A and B were completed in 2006 between Highway 6 and Cedar Lane. Segment C, between Cedar Lane and State Orchard Road, is partially done, but the route is set.

It’s the route of Segment D, between State Orchard Road and Highway 92, which has to be determined; and the process will take time. . .

Even if a decision is made next year, Reeder guessed construction wouldn’t start on the northern part of the project, the connection of the first two segments of Eastern Hills and Eastern Hills Drive that runs through the Hills of Cedar Creek development, until 2014.

The southern portion of the project, which still has three possible alternatives would not likely start until 2015.

Two other projects in the area would likely follow. The first would be the extension of Greenview Road to Cottonwood Road, also known as L-34, and the extension of Steven Road to Eastern Hills Drive. There are still two possible alternatives for that extension as well. . . .[quote]
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Re: Official: CB East Beltway (Eastern Hills Drive)

Postby icejammer » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:26 pm

Work to begin again on major eastern CB road

The continuation of a major north-south road in eastern Council Bluffs is likely to start in 2017, but a late 2016 date is not out of the question.

The fact that the project is gearing up again is itself news, according to Public Works Director Greg Reeder, considering the many quiet years after workers finished the first phase. The Environmental Impact Statement, he said, has taken city officials since 2008 to complete.

A public meeting on the findings of that statement and the preferred route for the road’s final stretch will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Iowa School for the Deaf Lied Multipurpose Complex, 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd. . .

When completed, Eastern Hills Drive will connect U.S. Highway 6 from near Interstate 80 to Iowa Highway 92 with quick access to Interstate 29. It will be a two-lane road with left turn lanes at intersections, Reeder said. It can, however, be expanded to a five-lane road should traffic patterns call for it. . . .

Next Tuesday’s public meeting will announce the preferred southern route that was based in large part on it having the least impact on people and the environment compared to other proposed routes, Reeder said. . . .


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