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City will renovate 32nd Avenue entrance to Lake Manawa Power Center
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City will renovate 32nd Avenue entrance to Lake Manawa Power Center

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Work is set to begin on refurbishing one of the Lake Manawa Power Center entrances.

Council Bluffs Public Works will reconstruct 225 feet of 32nd Avenue east of the South Expressway. The work will include lowering the roadway over the since-removed railroad tracks. The City Council unanimously accepted a bid from Compass Utility of Council Bluffs to do the work for $414,837.54.

According to a submission to the City Council from Public Works Director Matt Cox, the work will also include construction of a sidewalk on the south side of 32nd Avenue from the South Expressway to Manawa Centre Drive and along the west side of Manawa Centre Drive, from 32nd Avenue to the existing bus stop just north of the Menard’s driveway.

“The existing entrances at 32nd and 30th Avenue have that raised profile. It’s not needed anymore,” said Dave Vermillion, civil engineer with Public Works. “Aesthetically it makes sense to remove that. It also helps fits sidewalk and trails as well.”

Vermillion said nothing is planned as of yet but similar work at 30th Avenue is possible.

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“Eventually, that might happen,” he said.

Work is set to begin May or June and is expected to last two months, with 32nd Avenue closed east of the South Expressway during the work. Vermillion confirmed that Public Works surveyed area business owners, who a majority of favored a full closure and quicker work timeframe over a longer work time frame with the road partially open.

The city will also install trail stub outs north and south of 32nd Avenue for future trail expansion along the South Expressway.

Vermillion said the city is in the design phase of a South Expressway reconstruction project that will include trails in an area north of the interstate. The hope, he said, would be to extend the trail to 32nd Avenue.

And the traffic signal at 32nd Avenue will be modified to provide a north-south pedestrian crossing on the east side of the South Expressway.

The city will cover $318,816.31 of the cost, with the remaining $96,021.23 covered by Self-Support Municipal Improvement District funds — unused tax funds generated by the area that can be used on improvements in the district.

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