February 12th, 2020


Wednesday 12th February, 2020

Cedar Falls Lifestyle Inn Lounge and Conference Center

(Formerly the Clarion Inn)

Waterloo Reconstruction of University Avenue

The presentation will be on the City of Waterloo’s University Avenue Reconstruction Project and future enhancements. The University Avenue Reconstruction Project is estimated at $35 million and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

AECOM performed a preliminary study of the existing 6-lane roadway and determined current and projected traffic volumes could be handled on an improved 4-lane street. With the reduction in lanes, the City decided to reconstruct University as a “Complete Street” with a 10-foot multi-use path and 5-foot sidewalks, landscaping, bus/transit accommodations, and connections to other existing trails.

This project includes eight signalized intersections, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, two bridge repairs, bridge demolition, installation of a pedestrian box culvert, and enhancements. The project includes private utility coordination, with electric, gas and communication lines located alongside the roadway.

Program Chair: Jim Stevenson

Speaker: Michelle Sweeney

Michelle Sweeney, PE, PTOE, is a Project Manager and Traffic Engineer for AECOM in the Waterloo, Iowa, office. AECOM is a global engineering firm and ranked by Engineering News Record as the No. 1 transportation engineering firm in the US. Michelle has been with AECOM since 2017 and has designed and managed the University Avenue Reconstruction Project for the City of Waterloo, Iowa, is project engineer for the new Cedar Falls High School Project, and was lead design engineer for the Iowa 58 & Viking Road Interchange Project for the Iowa DOT. She has also been the construction manager for several Iowa DOT projects. Prior to coming to AECOM, Michelle worked as a Project Manager for the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa, for 10 years and managed the design and construction of several large projects, including the University Avenue Phase 1 Reconstruction, Mayors Pedestrian Bridge and Greenhill Pedestrian Box Culvert, Prairie Parkway Construction, and Ridgeway Avenue Reconstruction. In her free time, Michelle enjoys volunteering in the communities she lives and works in and spending time with her family, husband, Mike, and three kids, Cece, Charlie and Carson.

Future topics:

  • March 11, 2020. Website Development. Marc Reifenrath, SpinUTech.

  • April 8, 2020. Electric Bicycles. Brent Johnson, BikeTech.

  • May 13, 2020. Hearing Devices. John Sperry, Wolfe Clinic.

Meal: Plated Dinner. includes French or Ranch dressing, rolls, butter, coffee, tea and milk.

  • Chef's Choice salad

  • Chicken Marsala

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Vegetable

  • Red velvet or Carrot cake

Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions so that we can provide an alternative for you.

Price: $20.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)

The Lifestyles Inn has requested that we collect cash for the meal and not checks. “Cash Please” ☺


Social period: 6:00 P.M.

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Dinner Meeting Location: Cedar Falls Lifestyles Inn 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Presentation: 7:30-8:30 PM

Dinner Reservations can be made by emailing:

: reservations@waterlootechnicalsociety.org

Please indicate if you are NOT having dinner with us when making a reservation. Please also provide the names of any guests so that nametags can be ready for them.

Please make reservations by noon, Monday 10 February 2020. Guests are always welcome.

Dues: Dues are used almost entirely for donations to local groups engaging in some technical field for which the money will make a real difference. Please join us in their support by becoming a member for $20 a year. Our Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail: friendfamily@cfu.net

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.