In the days since the opening of the new Park Road Bridge to pedestrians and vehicles, the City has been made aware of various social media posts featuring dangerous use of the new bridge’s arches. In response, the City is working with its contractor to restrict access to the arches. Meanwhile, Iowa City Police have also increased patrol of the area.

“Anyone who falls from the arches will sustain life-threatening injuries at the very least,” Police Chief Jody Matherly said. “We are concerned for the safety of our residents and visitors. Stay off the arches.”

Signage (pictured above) has been posted warning of the danger and prohibiting trespassing.

Persons who trespass on the arches will face a simple misdemeanor charge for trespassing.  

People who witness illegal use of the arches should call 911 immediately.

Arch sign for Park Road Bridge

Date of publication

Monday, September 17, 2018