Study Process

Data Analysis and Possible Solutions

The Northeast Industrial Access Planning Study will span approximately 12 months. The Project Team will gather information about existing and forecasted conditions to analyze the area’s baseline needs, including:

  • Traffic Safety Evaluation
  • Traffic Congestions and Capacity problems:
    • Train traffic data
    • Trucking freight surveys
  • Review Economic Development Plans
  • Public Input Meetings
  • Data Collection and Base Mapping
  • Freight Analysis and Forecasting
  • Traffic Analysis and Forecasting

This analysis will support or deny the need for possible alternatives to function as a freight corridor. The team will also develop possible alternatives, ranging from no construction to a full beltway solution, along with cost estimates, identification of benefits and unarticulated needs, initial environmental issues or concerns, and a list of any access changes to streets and businesses associated with each alternative.

Traffic Analysis Procedure Chart

Traffic Analysis Procedure

Detailed Recommendation of Preferred Solution

Upon completion of the Northeast Industrial Access Planning Study, the Advisory Committee will analyze the findings and the input of key stakeholders and the community to narrow and refine the preferred alternatives.

The Project Team will draft a report outlining each alternative with a systematic evaluation and its ranking order, along with pertinent stakeholder and public comments.

The recommended alternative will be developed in detail, including why that alternative is best for the community, sketches of the proposed alternative, expression of proposed changes to intersection and business accesses, a construction cost estimate and proposed implementation schedule.

Once the draft is approved by the Advisory Committee the Project Team will finalize the report and present it to the Black Hawk Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), city councils of the communities involved, the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors and the Iowa DOT District 2 Staff.  Finally, the Project Team will review the preferred alternative with the entire community at a final public meeting.

Please note, a full Environmental Assessment Study (EAS) would be the next step after this study is finalized.

Study will identify “feasible alternatives for future improvement”. NEPA or Environmental Document will identify a “preferred alternative”. This study provides conceptual recommendations which will be used to guide the future planning and development of projects in the study area.