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University Avenue Waterloo Bird's Eye

A rendering from AECOM shows how University Avenue is expected to look near the Falls Avenue intersection after it is reconstructed in 2018.

WATERLOO — City Council members will be asked Monday to approve an $8.7 million contract to reconstruct a mile-long stretch of University Avenue.

Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck was the lowest of three bidders on the project to rebuild the former state highway from Greenhill Road to Evergreen Avenue just past the Ansborough Avenue intersection.

The design reduces the roadway from six to four lanes, replaces water mains and storm sewers, adds a recreational trail and keeps the four signalized intersections at Ansborough, Sager Avenue, Falls Avenue and the frontage road near Casey’s General Store and Perkins Restaurant.

This is the first of three phases the city expects to use while rebuilding University from the Cedar Falls city limits to U.S. Highway 63.

The Iowa Department of Transportation transferred jurisdiction of the highway to the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, which already has rebuilt much of its portion. IDOT gave Waterloo $28 million for the project.

Council members also are being asked to approve an $870,000 contract with AECOM for construction engineering services during the first phase of the project.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

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Waterloo City Reporter

Waterloo city reporter for the Courier

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