Crews are currently making improvements to Mormon Trek Boulevard from Westwinds Drive to Melrose Avenue.
Work includes the addition of a northbound right turn lane at the intersection of Mormon Trek and Benton Street, pavement patching, curb ramp installation, and new traffic signals in the spring. The curb ramps, traffic signals, and intersection pavement removal and replacement will happen in 2019.
Crews will also convert the road from four lanes, two moving in each direction, to three lanes, or one lane in each direction, with a shared center lane. New lane striping is anticipated in spring of 2019.
The lane conversion is being done to improve safety, as this area currently experiences more collisions compared to other Iowa City corridors. The center turn lane will help reduce rear-end crashes by moving turning traffic out of travel lanes. The reconfiguration will also make room for designated bike lanes on each side of the roadway.
This project received a $500,000 Traffic Safety Improvement Grant from the Iowa DOT.
Watch the video for more information about the project.