Monthly Archives: May 2011

Strong Growth in Urbandale Since 2000

Over the past decade, the City of Urbandale was the state’s second fastest growing city. Though city officials expected growth between the 2000 and 2010 Census counts, the rate of increase actually experienced was unprecedented. In just a decade, the city grew 36 percent, from 29,072 people in 2000 to 39,463 people in 2010. In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Urbandale Director of Community Development Paul Dekker noted, “We’re about 10 years ahead of where we really expected to be.”

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Roadwork Begins Near 86th & Douglas

The Des Moines Register reports that the City of Urbandale is patching 86th Street between Douglas Avenue and Interstates 35/80. Officials expect that one lane in each direction will be open on 86th during the work process. Work is expected to be complete by the middle of August.

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A Report Card on Transportation Spending

On Wednesday, the Pew Center on the States and the Rockefeller Center released a new report, Measuring Transportation Investments: The Road to Results. The report examines how states account for billions of dollars annually spent on transportation and finds that most are not tracking how their investments are performing in six key areas. Iowa is one of eighteen states, along with Washington, D.C., that has a mixed report card.

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New Signage for Iowa Byways

Iowa’s ten byways will receive new signage marking the designation. Approximately 1,000 signs will be installed along the scenic and heritage byways running throughout the state. The Des Moines Register notes that all of the signs will be installed by mid-November. For more information about these roadways, please visit  www.iowabyways.org.

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America’s Railroads Are Still A Century Behind

According to Fast Company, it took ten days and $40 – the equivalent of $800 today – to travel from New York to San Francisco on the Transcontinental Express in the 1800s. Rail service has not changed much since then, the company asserts. However, the Obama administration is pushing to change that with a $53 billion proposal to bring high speed rail to the masses.

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Get Paid to Move Near Work?

Washington, D.C.’s Office of Planning is launching a pilot program called Live Near Your Work that will match up to $6,000 in incentives that businesses offer to employees to move near work or public transit. The homes must be within two miles of work, within half a mile of a Metro station, or within a quarter mile of a “high-quality” bus corridor. The initial phase of the project includes a total of $200,000 to distribute. Officials hope that the program will reduce traffic and pollution, spur urban revitalization, and improve quality of life for participants.

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Walk Friendly Communities

In late April, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center announced the selection of eleven Walk Friendly Communities. Communities were evaluated based on safety, mobility, access, and comfort. Seattle is the only community that achieved platinum status. For a full list of the walk friendly communities, please click here.

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Register for AMAYZing Race Bike Challenge

Registration is now open for the AMAYZing Race Family Bike Challenge. According to the Des Moines Register, the May 15th event will take place on the West Des Moines trail system and will include challenges at six stops. The race will begin at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall. To register, call (515) 222-3444.

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Recycle Your Bike!

Do you have a bicycle that you do not use or that does not work? In celebration of Bike Month, donate it to the Des Moines Bicycle Collective. The Collective refurbishes such bikes and sells or loans them to those individuals that cannot afford a new bike, according to the Des Moines Register. The City of Windsor Heights will offer a satellite pickup location May 9th through May 13th at Colby Park.

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Favorable Bids for Aurora Avenue Project

The City of Urbandale has awarded the project to connect Aurora Avenue through Walnut Creek Regional Park to Herberger Construction of Indianola. The Des Moines Register reports that the city received five bids, all of which were under the engineer’s estimate of $2.9 million. The two-lane road will include a bridge over Walnut Creek, trail connections under the bridge, wetland mitigation, grading, storm sewer, and sidewalks for approximately $2.38 million.

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