The West Des Moines City Council will move forward with a study to see if they’ll be able to continue work on a new Interstate 80 interchange.
The city must conduct an environmental study to see if the project will harm the habitat of an endangered bat found in the area before they can move forward with construction at Alice’s Road in Waukee and at 105th Street in West Des Moines.
Earlier this year, an endangered female Indiana Bat was discovered near the construction site putting the project on hold.
Both cities will split the cost of the $35,000 study.
Experts will conduct bat surveys between the middle of May and the end of August. They will provide a final report two weeks after the tests are complete.