Iowa City In Focus brings the people, places, and projects of Iowa City into clear view. This monthly video program aims to highlight topical events and subjects through in-depth storytelling. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s episode:

The Public Works Department is set to complete the majority of construction work on First Avenue before the end of December, opening up all lanes of traffic. With 13,000 vehicles using the road each day, the railroad that previously intersected with the road was causing major traffic delays and safety concerns for pedestrians. The First Avenue Grade Separation Project, which was designed to allow traffic to flow under the train tracks, began in April of 2015. Aside from some landscaping work that will be done in the spring of 2017, the improvements will be completed by the end of the year.

In order to keep the streets clear and safe during a winter weather storm, the Iowa City Streets Division needs you to follow the parking rules during a snow emergency. This policy impacts anyone who parks a vehicle on the street, and if the rules are not followed it can result in your vehicle being towed. Learn when a snow emergency can be declared, how to stay informed, and all the parking rules that you need to know when winter weather strikes. Snow emergencies are only put into effect during extreme conditions to ensure the safety of all Iowa City residents.

From horse drawn carriage rides to a gingerbread house competition, there is plenty going on in Iowa City during December. ‘Tis the Season is a holiday campaign organized by the Iowa City Downtown District, and includes holiday favorites such as Santa Saturdays and the Downtown Holiday Market. With family friendly events that are great for both kids and adults, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

An Iowa City teen put his passion for nature into action as part of his Eagle Scout project. City High School student Max Otaoadese took on the challenge to build and hoist an osprey nesting platform. With a little guidance from the Johnson County Songbird Project and some manpower help from MidAmerican Energy, Max put the new addition up at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area for everyone to enjoy.

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Date of publication

Friday, December 02, 2016