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North Liberty breaks ground on utilities project for future high school

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NORTH LIBERTY (KWWL) -

The city of North Liberty broke ground on a $5.2 million dollar project for its new high school, Wednesday.

Construction started on the eastside utilities expansion project and will bring municipal services to the site of the Iowa City Community School District's Liberty High School.

Based on a developed precautionary action plan drafted by environmental specialists,  crews began preparing the work area in accordance with the plan.

The plan is reviewed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Work crews started on Muddy creek, near the city's waste water treatment plant, and will plan on working their way toward the future site of the Liberty High School at the intersection of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road.

“Extending these services is a big undertaking, and one we've been planning for years,” said North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar. “It is exciting to take this next step.”

Although environmental assessments during planning of the project didn't find any threat to wildlife, removing trees and isolating the area now will further mitigate the possibility for potential harm. 

Environmental specialists will return to the site once the ground has thawed to conduct a further, precautionary survey before construction continues.

The $5.2 million, was formally awarded to Langman Construction on Feb. 23, but has been in the study, planning and design phases since 2013, following the school district's announcement of its third comprehensive high school site.

“The community has been engaged in a discussion about how to manage our student growth for over a decade. The construction of a new high school is a critical part of the 10-year facility master plan that is designed to accommodate the phenomenal growth of students in North Liberty,” said ICCSD Superintendent Steve Murley. “This project is truly a wonderful example of city and school district cooperation focused on the future of the community and its children.”

The high school is slated to open in 2017.

It will join the ICCSD's Penn, Van Allen and Garner elementary schools and North Central Junior High School in serving North Liberty's children.

More information, including maps, frequently asked questions and environmental information, is available at northlibertyiowa.org/projects.

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