JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa — Construction crews in both Coralville and North Liberty are busy making changes to Highway 965, a roadway driven by thousands of motorists each day.
The improvements at both ends are being made to increase efficiency and safety, city leaders say.
“We want the road to be as safe as we can make it,” said Ryan Heiar, North Liberty city administrator.
In North Liberty crews have started work to add walkways, landscaping and ultimately a stoplight and turn lane at Scales Bend Road, just north of Penn Street. Officials will close the road Wednesday morning north of the Penn Street intersection. Next year they plan to redo that entire intersection.
In Coralville work is underway to widen a large section of Highway 965 from two lanes to four lanes south of Oakdale Boulevard. That work isn’t expected to be completed until next summer, according to city engineer Dan Holderness.
Heiar said North Liberty officials hope to ultimately widen 965 through much of the area to 4-5 lanes within the next decade.
“That’s part of the master plan,” he said. “Right now we are making as many improvements as we can.”