The new Park Road Bridge will open to all vehicles and pedestrians at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept 1 2018, ahead of the first home Hawkeye Football game against Northern Illinois. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.

Vehicles will have access to two westbound lanes, and one eastbound lane on the bridge until work is completed later this fall. Pedestrians will only be allowed access to the north side of the bridge as work continues on the south. 

Traffic Impacts 

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, and allow extra travel time as delays will occur due to the traffic signal configuration at Park Road Bridge. Separate turn lanes on Dubuque Street to access the bridge are not currently available. Updates will be provided as construction progresses and traffic patterns change. As always, use caution when traveling through construction areas.

A map of the current traffic configuration on Dubque Street and Park Road Bridge in Iowa City

Pedestrian Detours 

Pedestrians and bicyclists traveling Dubuque Street need to access the new sidewalk on the east side of the road at the signed crosswalk between Ronalds and Brown streets. They will continue on the east side of Dubuque Street until they reach Mayflower Residence Hall where they will cross to the Iowa River Trail on the west side to continue north. Updates will be provided as more sidewalks open.

Transit Impact 

Iowa City Transit Bus routes will begin to run again on Thursday across the Park Road Bridge. Maps and schedules are available at

Game Day Traffic 

Similar to the previous two football seasons, Dubuque Street will temporarily convert to a one-way road, with two lanes of outbound traffic, for at least the first four home Hawkeye Football games to help accommodate heavy traffic leaving Iowa City. There will be no south-bound traffic between Foster Road and Park Road during this time. 

Iowa City Transit will run a special shuttle service for Saturday Manville Heights customers who need to get to and from the Peninsula neighborhood area during the temporary one-way conversion. 

Construction Schedule 

Work is expected to continue on the north and south sides of Park Road, along Dubuque Street, as crews finish retaining walls, barrier rails and sidewalks. Street lights and permanent traffic signals will be the last elements installed at the intersection. Seeding and landscaping will be ongoing throughout the fall. Weather permitting, it is expected that all lanes of traffic, and sidewalks will be open in approximately four to six weeks.

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. 

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Date of publication

Thursday, August 30, 2018