Grand Ave. extension project moves forward

The extension of Grand Ave. in Ames took a step closer to reality as the City Council approved the purchase of land at S. 5th St. and Walnut Ave.  City planner Tracy Warner says the land not only marks the northern end of the Grand Ave. project, it also has storm and floodwater implications. She says they city will use the dirt from creation of a stormwater wetland to elevate the roadbed out of potential flood waters.  The extension project will eventually connect Grand Ave. to S. 16th St.