The Iowa River Trail is expected to close early this week and will remain closed until next fall for ongoing work on the Iowa City Gateway Project, a flood mitigation effort on Dubuque Street. 

The trail will be closed until the elevation of the southbound lanes of Dubuque Street has been completed, which will not be done until fall 2017.

Pedestrians will be detoured from Foster Road to Mayflower Residence Hall, into the outside lane of pavement on Dubuque Street. People will be protected by a concrete barrier rail. At Mayflower, they will cross to the east side of the street. A temporary sidewalk has been placed on the east side of Dubuque Street from Mayflower to Park Road to provide a continuous route through the construction site. The temporary sidewalks are 4 feet wide due to construction restraints. 

People are encouraged to be patient and cautious, as the space will be shared by pedestrians and cyclists. 

Everyone should be cautious when traveling through the construction area and use alternative routes whenever possible. 

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project that will elevate Dubuque Street while raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. To receive project updates sign-up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions and follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter using #ICgateway. To learn more visit   

Date of publication

Monday, December 05, 2016