Roadway improvements on Melrose Ave/IWV Road extend from Highway 218 to just east of the Hebl Avenue intersection to meet the previous improvement limits completed previously by Johnson County. This project includes widening of the existing Melrose Ave/IWV Road to include two 12-foot lanes and a 5-foot paved shoulder on both sides, a 3-foot gravel shoulder on the south side of the road and a 5-foot gravel shoulder on the north. Driveway and intersection improvements will be made and five storm water culverts under Melrose Avenue/IWV Road will be replaced to maintain and improve drainage. A 12” water main will be extended on the north side of Melrose Avenue/IWV Road from the existing water main stub at Slothower Road to Hebl Avenue, where it will continue on the east side of Hebl Avenue and be extended into the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center for future connection.

Project Schedule Information: 

Beginning on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, Melrose Avenue/IWV Road will be closed to thru traffic from Highway 218 to Hebl Avenue. A detour route will be posted utilizing Camp Cardinal Boulevard, U.S. Highway 6, Ireland Avenue, 340th Street and Ivy Avenue.

Those traveling to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center will be able to access the facilities from Melrose Avenue/IWV Road West of Hebl Avenue.

This closure will facilitate utility improvements associated with the Melrose Avenue/IWV Improvements Project. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Friday, Sept. 3.

Motorists should take note of this construction work and allow extra travel time using the recommended detour (map below). As always, please use caution when traveling in all construction areas.


Date plans available: 
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Obtain from: 

A listing of projects open for bids and details for each project will be available to potential bidders and suppliers three weeks prior to the letting date at or or by calling the Office of Contracts at 515-239-1414.

The Iowa DOT uses as the official depository for bid submittal. Unless otherwise specified, bidders shall submit an electronic proposal with digital signature using the bidding software furnished by the Iowa DOT and electronic bid submittal procedures of the Iowa DOT.

Pre-bid Conference: 


Project Status



Metro Pavers, Inc.

Engineer's Estimate


Bid Deadline

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 10:00am

Council Award Date

Tuesday, June 1, 2021