Forest Grove Drive Phase III Reconstruction Project

A New Gateway to Bettendorf

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.

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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. Options for traffic control could include standard traffic signals and/or roundabouts. On-road bike lanes and a ten foot recreational trail are being added for pedestrians and bicyclists. This project benefits the community is a variety of ways:

Provide increased traffic capacity through widening the roadway

Improve the flow of traffic through this area

Include multi-modal ammenities

Incorporate landscaping and lighting improvements

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.

While the City has not made a final decision on the use of roundabouts in this project, they are being considered because they are safe, efficient and cost-effective traffic control measures. Learn more about the benefits of roundabouts.

Design, engineering and construction activities are funded by a 78% federal / 22% City match federal aid award.

The City will work to minimize impacts to adjacent properties to the greatest extent possible. If your property is impacted by the project, a representative will be in contact with you.

The project is anticipated to bid in the winter of 2021/2022, with construction to begin in the spring of 2022. The City anticipates that this project will take one full construction season to construct, with final landscaping, restoration and minor construction to be completed the following spring.

Process and Timing

The City will soon begin conducting field studies and an environmental review of the area. A traffic analysis will consider crash history data as well as existing and projected traffic volume data to help the City identify intersection alternatives prior to moving 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 onlnie 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

Kickoff Public Meeting

Our first public meeting will include information about the project, timing of activities, and next steps.

Tentatively scheuled for April 2021. Stay tuned for more details.

Preliminary Design Public Meeting

Our second public meeting will include updated information about the project, including a preliminary of project improvements.

Tentatively scheuled for June 2021. Stay tuned for more details.

Pre-Construction Public Meeting

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

Tentatively scheuled 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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