Park Road Bridge will close to all vehicles and pedestrians beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018. 

Park Road will close from the Dubuque Street intersection to just west of the Lower City Park and East Hancher Access Drives. Crews will work to tie the new Park Road Bridge into Dubuque Street and Park Road. The critical closure will last approximately 96 days, extending through Friday, August 17. Detours will be posted and Dubuque Street will remain open to through traffic. 

Crews have been authorized to work dawn until dusk in order to complete work during the closure.

Construction Schedule 

The bridge closure will last longer than previously planned in order to accelerate the larger construction schedule. This includes elevating the northbound lanes of Dubuque Street and work on Park Road prior to Iowa City’s RAGBRAI overnight stop on July 27, which will bring thousands of cyclists and support crews to the area. Additional work occurring during the extended closure is anticipated to reduce the construction schedule for the remainder of the project. 

Access During Construction 

Access to Hancher Auditorium, Upper and Lower City Parks and City Park Pool will remain open. People should use Riverside Drive and Park Road from the west. The East Hancher Access Road is expected to be closed until July 24 when preparations for RAGBRAI are complete.

Access to Mayflower Residence Hall, homes and apartments adjacent to Dubuque Street will be maintained through the remaining construction. Additional information will be provided as construction progresses north of Park Road and work is completed.

Pedestrian Detours 

Pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the Iowa River will be detoured to the Hancher Pedestrian Bridge. Those walking and cycling Dubuque Street, between Foster and Park Road, should continue as they currently do, but will need to pay attention to signs with increased construction activity at the intersection of Dubuque Street and Park Road.

A map of the Park Road Bridge Pedestrian detour.

Transit Impact 

The Manville Heights bus route will be split into two routes that run independently of each other during weekday service for customers traveling to and from the Peninsula or Manville Heights neighborhoods to Downtown and the UI North Hospital complex. Night and Saturday routes will not change. Maps and schedules are available online at

Vehicular Traffic 

Detours will be posted for Park Road Bridge. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes and allow extra travel time as delays will occur. Updates will be provided as traffic patterns change. As always, use caution when traveling through construction areas. 

The Park Road detour map for vehicles.

Project Updates 

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation effort that is elevating 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 about the project, visit

Date of publication

Wednesday, May 09, 2018