The Iowa City Gateway Project has hit a major milestone: all lanes have opened on Dubuque Street. 

Due to the reopening, traffic will no longer convert to one-way out of Iowa City on home Hawkeye Football game days. 

Construction Update

On Park Road, the southernmost lane remains closed for staging. Travelers should expect periodic sidewalk and traffic lane closures for remaining work:

  • Installation of permanent street lights and traffic signals 
  • Removal of temporary traffic signals
  • Seeding and landscaping
  • Completion of the traffic barrier rail along the Iowa River Trail 
  • Aesthetic lighting on the bridge 
  • Utility installation under the bridge deck 
  • General construction site cleanup

Crews poured pavement on Gilbert Street last week. Once concrete is drivable, work will continue to backfill sidewalks and curbs, seed the area, and install pavement markings. 

It is anticipated that Kimball Road and Gilbert Street will open prior to Thanksgiving.

Safety Reminders

Drivers are reminded to travel with caution and be patient when driving through the work zone. 

Note, the speed on Dubuque Street has also been reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph starting near Mayflower Residence Hall. This change was approved by City Council during the project's planning process in April 2014. 

Learn more

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation effort that elevated Dubuque Street while raising and replacing 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 about the project, visit

Date of publication

Friday, November 09, 2018