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Alice's Road Corridor Moves Forward

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By: Claire Powell
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A multi-million dollar project is finally underway in Waukee.

Construction on the Alice's Road Corridor, a segment extending from University Avenue to Ashworth Road, will begin soon.

Friday, community and state leaders broke ground on the $13 million project. Governor Terry Branstad, U.S. Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin, and U.S. Congressman Tom Latham accompanied Waukee Mayor Bill Peard in the groundbreaking ceremony.

"The economic growth that's going to occur here is unbelievable, I've heard a lot of new ideas and investments just because of this project," said U.S. Congressman Tom Latham.

When the road is finished, 1,300 acres will be available for development like cultural and entertainment centers, bike trails and new business infrastructures. It's estimated that this expansion could create almost 25,000 jobs and 17,000 new residents in the city.

"Bring a lot more businesses to Waukee, bring a lot more people to see what Waukee has to offer," said Ashley Duggleby, Waukee resident.

A major component of the corridor is opening up the roadway to relieve some of the traffic congestion along Hickman Road and University Avenue.

"It will help the whole community, traffic congestion as this area grows out here, its been kind of difficult to deal with," said Todd Maeley, Waukee resident.  

"It's a huge stress reliever, not just a safety issue but we can get a lot more people in and out of this area, these roads are bumper to bumper in the evening and the mornings," said Waukee Mayor Bill Peard.

The project is estimated to generate $2.5 billion in private investments, allowing the fastest county in Iowa to grow.  

"I think as a whole Waukee has done such a good job dealing with the growth over the last 10 years we've lived here, so I have full confidence all of the decision that they're making are to better our community and better all of us," said Amanda Devry, Waukee resident.

Waukee is the fastest growing county in Iowa and the 7th fastest in the nation.

 

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