Drivers coming to town for the Iowa City Jazz Festival should be aware that traffic is down to one lane in each direction along Dubuque Street, causing what can be long delays, as work progresses on the Iowa City Gateway Project.

The Iowa City Gateway is a flood mitigation project that will raise Dubuque Street while also elevating and replacing the Park Road Bridge. Once completed, the risk of long-term closures of Dubuque Street due to flooding from the Iowa River will be greatly reduced.

Dubuque Street is currently reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between Foster Road and Ronalds Street and will remain that way through the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2018.

Drivers can expect a 15- to 30-minute delay during the busy morning and afternoon commuting hours, but could experience longer delays during high traffic events like weekend festivals, including the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and Hawkeye sporting events. Drivers should be aware and plan their route in and out of Iowa City with Dubuque Street and Park Road construction in mind.

Those who typically use Dubuque Street should consider using Dodge Street (Highway 1) as an alternative route.

Drivers should also keep in mind that Park Road is currently closed west of Riverside Drive. 

The 2016 Iowa City Jazz Festival is set for July 1 through July 3, with fireworks scheduled to begin between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Sunday, July 3. For additional festival information, visit

 To learn more about the Gateway Project, visit

Date of publication

Thursday, June 30, 2016