Forest Grove Drive Phase III Reconstruction Project

Improving Our Community

The City of Bettendorf is planning improvements along the Forest Grove Drive and Middle Road corridors, which will establish a new gateway to the City from the north. This project will continue improvements to Forest Grove Drive, which began in 2015, in collaboration with the City of Davenport and their improvements to Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.

Significant development, both commercial and residential, along this corridor over the past several years has driven the need to provide an upgraded roadway system. With traffic projected to grow substantially over the next 20 years, this project is needed to provide safe, multimodal connectivity between communities and local destinations.

The Forest Grove Drive Reconstruction Project will reconstruct and widen Forest Grove Drive, starting just east of International Drive and extending east through Middle Road. Improvements to Middle Road starting just south of Forest Grove Drive and extending north to just south of the I-80 interchange will also be included in the project.

Forest Grove & Middle Road Corridor

 
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Project Renderings

Rendering: Midblock Section
Rendering: Roundabout
Rendering: Site Features
Rendering: Monument Sign

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Project Activities

Forest Grove Drive will be widened to include one lane in each direction with a center turn lane. The new paving will be wide enough, however, to allow for a four-lane roadway in the future if traffic volumes warrant it. In addition to widening Forest Grove Drive, the City is also evaluating potential traffic control options at key intersections. Traffic control will include roundabouts. On-road bike lanes and a ten foot recreational trail are being added for pedestrians and bicyclists. This project benefits the community in a variety of ways:

Provide increased traffic capacity through widening the roadway

Improve the flow of traffic through this area by the use of roundabouts

Include multi-modal amenities

Incorporate landscaping and lighting improvements

Plan utility improvements for future growth

FAQs

  • Roadway widening to increase capacity
  • Traffic control measures to improve traffic efficiency
  • Expanded detention basin to capture stormwater
  • Bicycle and pedestrian trail
  • Aesthetic improvements

This project continues the City’s efforts to reconstruct and widen Forest Grove Drive due to significant development, both commercial and residential, over the past several years. Additionally, current road conditions on Forest Grove Drive are deteriorating and improving roadway conditions will provide a safer corridor with better connectivity for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists in the area. The City envisions the intersection at Forest Grove Drive and Middle Road as a gateway to Bettendorf so this project will include a detailed streetscape comprised of trees, specialty paving, ornamental light poles, decorative signage and wayfinding elements, and robust native landscaping.

A roundabout is a safe, efficient and cost-effective traffic control measure. Learn more about the benefits of roundabouts.

Design, engineering and construction activities are funded by a $5.96 million federal aid award, with the remaining $5.5 million project cost being funded by the City.

The City also was recently awarded an additional $0.5 million in Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP) that will support the project construction.

The City will work to minimize impacts to adjacent properties to the greatest extent possible. All properties impacted by the project have been coordinated with their respective owners. As the start of construction grows closer, a pre-construction meeting will be hosted by the City to inform all interested and affected parties of the anticipated construction schedule and traffic detours.

The Project is scheduled for letting by Iowa DOT in April 2022, with construction to begin in late-May 2022. The City anticipates that primary roadway reconstruction and paving will be completed in 2022, with remaining landscaping, restoration and trail construction to be completed the following spring of 2023. Additional construction within this area to support ongoing development is anticipated throughout 2023.

Process and Timing

The City has completed field studies and an environmental review of the area. A traffic analysis was conducted and considered crash history data as well as existing and projected traffic volume data to help the City move forward with preliminary and final designs.

A timeline with events listed as follows: Data Collection happens early 2021. Traffic Analysis happens early to mid 2021. Preliminary design happens early to mid 2021 (There will be an online meeting). Final Design happens mid 2021 to late 2021 (There will be an online meeting). Construction Bid Award happens early 2022 (There will be an online meeting). Construction happens spring 2022 to fall 2022.

Stay Involved

Preliminary Design Public Meeting

Visit the public meeting site presented in 2021, which includes preliminary design and timing of activities and next steps. The design has evolved since this information was presented. The final design will be presented in the pre-construction public meeting.

Pre-Construction Public Meeting

This public meeting will include the final design and what you can expect during construction.

Tentatively scheduled for spring 2022. Stay tuned for more details.

Covid-19 Meeting Protocols

Due to the uncertainty regarding future COVID-19 restrictions, all public meetings are currently planned to be held virtually. Any changes to that plan will be posted on our website.

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