With private utility work occurring between North First Avenue and the Ralston Creek Bridge on Rochester Avenue, commuters are encouraged to seek alternate routes in order to avoid delays. Traffic control associated with this utility work is necessary for the safety of pedestrians, vehicles, and construction crews. We appreciate your patience during this project.

MidAmerican Energy is working on converting overhead electrical lines to underground, causing lanes of traffic to be shifted at various locations during daylight hours until mid-June 2022. The City's Rochester Avenue Reconstruction Project is scheduled to begin in July 2022 and will continue until December 2023. The construction area includes Rochester Avenue, from First Avenue to Ralston Creek. 

Depending on your starting point and destination, there are several alternate routes to consider:

  • East Court Street can connect motorists with Muscatine Avenue, Seventh Avenue, First Avenue, and City High. East College Street spans Morningside Drive (City High School) to the Downtown area. Muscatine Avenue is also a viable east/west option.
  • Motorists traveling from the Downtown area can take Jefferson Street (one way) east until it becomes Glendale Road and intersects with Seventh Avenue.
  • For those traveling west, Glendale Road/Jefferson Street can be taken to Clapp Street, and then onto Market Street (one way).

Bike Routes

For cyclists who use Rochester Avenue, there are alternative routes to take, as well.

  • The best alternative to Rochester Avenue is the Jefferson Street-Glendale Road route. Thanks to a small connection off of the sidewalk on First Avenue, Glendale Road can be taken from First Avenue to connect with the Market Street bike lanes to Downtown or the University of Iowa Campus. 
  • Cyclists wishing to avoid the closure on the Court Hill Trail can take Friendship Street (west of First Avenue) to Seventh Avenue and then go north to College Street or south to Sheridan Avenue, which are both low-stress routes for cyclists.

Date of publication

Monday, April 11, 2022