The University of Iowa

Manchester Road Closing and Rerouting

Rerouting Alternatives
Academic Year 
2020-2021
College/Department 
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Partner 
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As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students developed a plan to close a section of road to accommodate local airport clearances, and designed a new section of road to reroute traffic. 

Manchester Municipal Airport is located at 1561 Early Stagecoach Road.  Runway 18/36 runs perpendicular to Early Stagecoach Road, and as such, Runway 36 has a displaced threshold of 305’ due to clearance. Closing the portion of Early Stagecoach Road adjacent to the runway area would assist in reducing the displacement threshold.

The project entailed determining the best location for rerouting Early Stagecoach Road, while providing access to the airport and adjacent farm land. The airport, on the west reaches of the city, lays just north of Early Stagecoach as it runs to the northwest. Rerouting the road will allow the city to decrease the current displacement threshold of 305’ for runway 36.

As part of this project, the team created a site plan – consisting of vertical and horizontal alignments, cross sections of the road, a corridor surface, and material volumes, determined the existing and final grading cut or fill requirements, and manage stormwater drainage and runoff.  Final cost estimates are also provided in the final report.