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May 14, 2014

Feasibility study Ok'd

A resolution approving a 28E agreement between the City of Pella, City of Knoxville, and Marion County for the Knoxville Area Transportation Feasibility Study was approved by Pella City Council during last week’s regular meeting.

Through a competitive process, the City of Knoxville, City of Pella and Marion County were awarded $53,152 from the Central Iowa Regional Transportation Planning Alliance for a Knoxville Area Transportation Feasibility Study. The Study includes tasks to evaluate travel characteristics for highways east and north of the community of Knoxville, specifically considering travel between the communities of Knoxville and Pella via a range of existing and potential future routes.

The funding for this Study is from a special planning fund set aside through the Iowa Department of Transportation for road corridor and planning studies. These funds are separate from our State Transportation Program (STP) funds that we use on actual road construction on our federal aid routes.

In order to utilize these planning funds, it is necessary for the three parties, Marion County, the City of Knoxville, and the City of Pella, to enter into a 28E Agreement. Marion County will be the contract administrator for the project and would contract for the Study to be performed by CH2M Hill.

The objectives of the Knoxville Area Transportation Feasibility Study include the following:

1. Identify existing traffic volumes, patterns, and trends along primary highways

2. Gather stakeholder input to assist the identification of transportation needs

3. Review existing highway traffic safety characteristics

4. Consider the future highway system, including the potential for a connection from Knoxville to a future Red Rock to 1-80 Corridor near Pella

5. Identify conceptual alternatives to improve mobility and safety

6. Provide a foundation for future location studies (if necessary) that could be required during future alternative development and screening

The study area considered in the scope of services is Knoxville to Pella. The Knoxville to Pella study area considers travel between those communities. The south boundary of the study area is located along IA 92 from the IA 5/IA 92 interchange with IA 14 at the community of Knoxville (Lincoln St) east approximately 12.5 miles to the Marion/Mahaska county line. The north boundary is located just north of Lake Red Rock, defined by east-west portions of Marion County Road G28 (Marion CR G28) from IA 14 east through the community of Pella to Vermeer Road at the Marion/Mahaska county line.

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