Searchlight Commemorates Opening of Urban Loop Interchanges

A.J. Johnson
City Manager
Derek Zarn
Communications Specialist
515-380-1741 (text or voice)
Searchlight Commemorates Opening of Urban Loop Interchanges
Urbandale, IA – During the early morning hours of Friday, October 16, two additional interchanges will open in the Urban Loop. After decades of planning, the half-diamond interchange at Meredith Drive and the Iowa Highway 141 flyover bridge are open to traffic. These interchanges are two of the now seven Interstate 35/80 interchanges that serve Urbandale and the 700 acres open for commercial and industrial investment in the Urban Loop development area.
“The City of Urbandale appreciates the many years of collaboration and problem solving with our state, federal and local partners that have led to this success,” said Urbandale Mayor Bob Andeweg.
To commemorate the opening of the new Meredith Drive and Iowa 141 interchanges in the Urban Loop, the City Council approved the use of a privately-funded searchlight. A searchlight was chosen as it can ‘highlight’ these major Urbandale transportation investments in a safe, socially distant manner. The searchlight will be on for seven consecutive days, from dusk until approximately 10:00 p.m.
The flyover replaces a loop exit ramp that could no longer accommodate the more than 100,000 vehicles travelling through the Urban Loop corridor every day. The interchange at Meredith Drive is a direct point of access to the growing commercial and residential areas in Urbandale. Together with the 100th Street interchange, these projects advance safety, efficiency and economic development potential for Urbandale residents and businesses, as well as the northwest area of the Des Moines Metro.
City Manager A.J. Johnson commented on the potential for more employment and investment: “Urbandale’s residential population and building investment continue to grow steadily. These new access points create more opportunity for great careers, easier commutes, and more services.”
With these major infrastructure projects nearly complete (work continues this construction season on other parts of the Interstate and ramps), the City of Urbandale will focus its Urban Loop infrastructure efforts in several areas. First is the expansion of the Hickman Road and 128th Street intersection in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation and City of Clive, constructing dual left-turn and single right-turn lanes on each approach to the intersection. That project also includes widening Hickman Road to six lanes between the interstate and 128th Street. As part of that project, Urbandale will extend a paved bike/walking trail from Interstate 35/80 along Hickman Road west to meet an existing trail connection past 128th Street near Walnut Creek. The City will also continue to erect entrance monuments at main Urbandale community entrances.
About Urbandale:
Urbandale, Iowa, is an award-winning community of nearly 45,000 residents offering a unique combination of location, value, and community engagement to businesses and residents. Urbandale is located in the northwest part of the Des Moines Metro Area at the intersections of Interstate 35, Interstate 80, and Iowa Highway 141. This unique geographic location allows Urbandale businesses and residents convenient access to a coast-to-coast and border-to-border transportation network.
Urbandale is a welcoming and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. From safe neighborhoods to acres of green space, Urbandale is uniquely positioned as an attractive place to raise a family, grow your business, and enjoy life. The City of Urbandale maintains one of the lowest municipal tax rates in the state, providing excellent services at an exceptional value. Each year hundreds of new residents make Urbandale their home—joining those who already enjoy our community’s extensive park and trail network, short commutes, great career opportunities, and excellent schools.
The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager carries out the policy direction of the Mayor and five City Council members. As a national leader in Character Counts, Urbandale endeavors at all times to promote and model the principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.