Drivers coming to Iowa City to celebrate the Cyclo-Cross World Cup and the Northside Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 can expect delays on Dubuque Street and should consider taking another route in and out of Iowa City.

Dubuque Street is currently reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction from Foster Road to Ronalds Street for work on the Iowa City Gateway Project, a large flood mitigation effort.

Drivers can expect 15-to-30 minute delays during peak times, including the Saturday Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, happening all day, and the Northside Oktoberfest, happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are advised to allow extra travel time or consider an alternative route, including Dodge Street (Highway 1).

The City of Iowa City is providing free downtown parking and shuttle services to the Saturday cyclo-cross races and Oktoberfest. Shuttles will run from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. between the Cyclo-Cross World Cup, Oktoberfest and three downtown parking ramps. Shuttles will run continuously during the event and are estimated to arrive at stops every 7 minutes or so. A map is available that details specific Saturday shuttle stops.  

Limited, $10 on-site parking for the Saturday cyclo-cross races can be purchased in advance from the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, 900 1st Ave, Coralville, or race day at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

Tickets are required for the Saturday World Cup races and Northside Oktoberfest. Race tickets can be purchased at all Johnson County MidWestOne Bank locations, several local bike shops and on-site at the fairgrounds. Oktoberfest tickets include admission to the world cup and can be bought at John's Grocery the day of the event. Quantities are limited. 

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project that will elevate Dubuque Street while also raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. Project updates are regularly posted to as well as the City of Iowa City Facebook and Twitter pages. To receive updates, like this one, via e-mail sign-up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions

Date of publication

Friday, September 23, 2016