Prepare for traffic changes for Hawkeye home football games, beginning Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.

Dubuque Street will temporarily convert to a one-way road, with two lanes of outbound traffic, after home Hawkeye Football games to accommodate heavy traffic leaving Iowa City.

Post-game, Dubuque Street will only allow northbound, one-way traffic between Foster and Park roads. There will be no south-bound traffic between Foster Road and Park Road during this time. Drivers should instead use Highway 1/Dodge Street (Exit 246) to access Iowa City from I-80. Residents living north of Park Road who use Dubuque Street to access Iowa City will be directed north and will have to access Iowa City from Dodge Street/Highway 1, or other local roads.

Pre-game, traffic on Dubuque Street will remain as-is under the current Iowa City Gateway Project configuration. Drivers should be prepared for delays. Fans should plan to arrive early.

Drivers traveling into Iowa City from I-80 for home Hawkeye Football games are encouraged to use alternative routes like Dodge Street (Exit 246) and Coral Ridge Ave/Highway 6 (Exit 240), or ride the Hawkeye Express train, which departs from the Fount Plaza, 2441 James St., Coralville. First Avenue in Coralville (Exit 242) will continue to experience heavy traffic on home game days.

The University will provide additional traffic control staff on Dubuque Street to assist in creating the best flow possible, and will stay as long as traffic dictates.

Iowa City Transit will run a special shuttle service for Saturday Manville Heights customers who need to get to and from the Peninsula neighborhood area during the temporary one-way conversion. People trying to access City Park before and after the game should use Riverside Drive.

The first Hawkeye home game of the season is Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, with kickoff at 11 a.m. Additional game day traffic information, including details on a new two-hour closure of Hawkins Drive pre and post-game, can be found at

Game day related traffic questions can be directed to  Assistant Athletics Director - Communications, Steve Roe at Gateway construction questions can be directed to Melissa Clow at

Iowa City Gateway Project updates are regularly posted to, and the City of Iowa City Facebook and Twitter pages using #ICgateway. Email updates are also available by subscribing at

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project that will raise Dubuque Street while also elevating and replacing the Park Road Bridge. To learn more about the project, visit

Date of publication

Monday, August 28, 2017