120th Street project will start next spring
SHUEYVILLE– Commuters and residents will have to wait a few months more for the reconstruction of 120th St. from this northwest Johnson County community west toward I-380.
Plans for the project have been reviewed, according to Mayor Bryan Bredman, and are currently being finalized.
“All necessary permits have been acquired and we anticipate a January-February time frame for bid letting, with construction then beginning in the spring of 2012,” Bredman said.
Due to the complexity of the project, he explained, it has taken longer than the city council had anticipated to make it shovel-ready.
“We had hoped to put the reconstruction project on the fast track and break ground this past summer. But, as we were delayed later into the (construction) season, we decided it was best to start construction next spring.” He said nobody wanted to have the busy narrow road torn up through the winter.
The City of Shueyville approached Johnson County in 2006 and asked the board of supervisors to make plans to repair or replace the road. With annual increases in traffic, the city again approached the board in 2008 hoping to expedite the process. In 2009, the city offered a proposal whereby the county would bond for the project, and the city would pay back the costs over 20 years. The plan was approved in 2010 with the county approving $2.2 million in bonds to cover the costs.
“Although delayed, it will be an incredible asset to the residents and visitors of northern Johnson County, and Shueyville,” Bredman said.