Iowa City can expect nearly 20,000 riders to pass through town on the morning of Saturday, July 25. The route will take cyclists into Iowa City by way of Mormon Trek Boulevard, bring them by Kinnick Stadium and eventually wind their way to Jefferson Street, Clinton Street, Iowa Avenue and Gilbert Street. Along the way, cyclists can follow signs that will lead them downtown to fuel up for their final destination to Davenport and the Mighty Mississippi. Highlights of the Ride and Shine event will include fresh foods from the local Farmers Market and other vendors, as well as culinary delights and refreshments from downtown restaurants that are going mobile for the morning.

Adding to the downtown festivities on Saturday morning will be live music performed by the band Gruper Soup from 6 to 8 a.m. and Extra Credit Project performing from 8 to 10 a.m. on Iowa Avenue. The public is invited downtown to welcome the riders and enjoy food, music and fun.

RAGBRAI bicycle route street closures

From approximately 5:45 to 10 a.m, vehicles will not be allowed on the RAGBRAI route in the direction the bicyclists are traveling  (see route map at www.icgov.org/ragbrai). This will result in turning restrictions at several intersections. The Iowa City Police Department anticipates that streets on the route will reopen to vehicular traffic at 10 a.m., but will make a final determination near that time.

Street and bicycle route closures will be as follows during the time RAGBRAI bicyclists are coming through Iowa City:

  • Mormon Trek Boulevard will be closed southbound from 2nd Street / US 6 in Coralville to Melrose Avenue in Iowa City.
  • Melrose Avenue will be closed eastbound from Mormon Trek Boulevard to Hawkins Drive through Iowa City and University Heights.
  • In Iowa City, Hawkins Drive will be closed northbound from Melrose Avenue to Elliott Drive on the University of Iowa campus.
  • Elliott Drive will be closed northbound from Hawkins Drive on the University of Iowa campus to Newton Road.
  • Newton Road will be closed eastbound from Elliott Drive to Riverside Drive / US 6 through Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus.
  • Iowa Avenue will be closed eastbound from Riverside Drive / US 6 to Madison Street.
  • Madison Street will be closed northbound from Iowa Avenue to Jefferson Street.
  • Jefferson Street will be closed eastbound from Madison Street to Clinton Street.
  • Clinton Street will be closed in both directions from Jefferson Street to Washington Street.
  • Iowa Avenue will be closed in both directions from Clinton Street to Gilbert Street.
  • Gilbert Street will be closed southbound from Jefferson Street to US 6 in Iowa City.
  • Stuit Hall and Seashore Hall parking lots will be able to be accessed only south of Jefferson Street.

Additional closures

  • Hawkeye Park Road will be closed in both directions from Hawkeye Court to Mormon Trek Boulevard.
  • Prairie Meadow Drive will be closed in both directions from the University of Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame to Mormon Trek Boulevard.
  • MacBride Road will be closed at Melrose Avenue.
  • Westgate Street will be closed at Melrose Avenue.
  • Emerald Street will be closed at Melrose Avenue.
  • Melrose Avenue will be closed in both directions from Hawkins Drive to Grand Avenue. Local traffic only will be permitted.
  • Woolf Avenue will be closed at Newton Road. Woolf Avenue will be closed southbound from the bridge over US 6 / 2nd Street to Newton Road.
  • Madison Street will be closed in both directions from Iowa Avenue to Washington Street.
  • Dubuque Street will be closed in both directions from Jefferson Street to Washington Street.
  • Linn Street will be closed in both directions from Iowa Avenue to the alley south of Tower Place Parking Ramp.
  • Washington Street will be closed both east and west of Gilbert Street.
  • College Street will be closed at Gilbert Street, on the west side only.
  • Court Street will be closed at Gilbert Street.
  • Prentiss Street will be closed at Gilbert Street.
  • Benton Street will be closed at Gilbert Street, on the west side only.
  • East 1st Street will closed at Gilbert Street, on the west side only.

For more information, contact Simon Andrew, Administrative Analyst, at 319-356-5010 or simon-andrew@iowa-city.org. For a map of the Iowa City bicycle route and festivities visit www.icgov.org/ragbrai.

Date of publication

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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