The Iowa City Gateway is a flood mitigation project that will raise Dubuque Street while also elevating and replacing the Park Road Bridge.
Crews originally anticipated that they would close Park Road from Riverside Drive to the Upper City Park exit the week of July 5, but moved it to Wednesday, July 13, weather permitting. The closure is needed to reconstruct Park Road without further disturbing existing trees and utilities in the area. The road should reopen to traffic by the end of the day Friday, August 12.
Access to Upper City Park will be available from Riverside Drive and the west, while Lower City Park will be accessible from Dubuque Street and the Park Road Bridge.
A posted detour using the Iowa Avenue bridge will be provided for drivers looking to access Riverside Drive and areas west on Park Road. Those using Park Road between Rocky Shore Drive and Riverside Drive will not be impacted. However, pedestrians will need to detour across the Hancher Pedestrian Bridge.
Dubuque Street continues to be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between Foster Road and Ronalds Street and will remain that way until the project is completed in 2018. Access to Dubuque Street from Brown Street and Kimball Road remains closed.
Drivers should allow for extra travel time as 15-to-30 minute delays can be common during the busy morning and afternoon commute. To access downtown Iowa City more quickly, drivers should consider alternative routes, including the Dodge Street exit from I-80.
A reminder that the Gateway Project timeline is very fluid and subject to change. To receive Gateway Project updates via e-mail, sign-up for City of Iowa City E-subscription notifications. Be sure to select “Iowa City Gateway Project Updates” under the construction and housing category.