Phase II of the Pedestrian Mall Improvements Project will start Monday, May 13, 2019.

The project is part of the larger Downtown and Pedestrian Mall Streetscape Plan and will improve accessibility, infrastructure, and the overall aesthetic of the area. It will feature new amenities including lighting, plantings, and accents that celebrate Iowa City’s uniqueness and cultural footprint.   

As part of Phase II, crews will start by trimming and removing trees, several of which are in poor health or are vulnerable to disease. The City consulted a third-party arborist, with expertise in urban environments in 2014 and again in 2017, to assess the trees and provide recommendations about which trees should be removed based on their health, vitality, and location. 

The project will ultimately replace the removed trees in addition to planting more, and will focus on diversifying the tree types in the Ped Mall, nearly doubling the species of trees currently located in the project area. 

During planning, project designs were created to preserve existing trees with the best health and vigor, while also addressing concerns related to disease and infestations that will be impactful to various tree species in the future. 

This project is in the last year of a two-year multiphase project. The first phase, located at Dubuque Street and the Dubuque and College Street intersection, is set to be completed my May 13, with Phase II completion in fall 2019. 

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For project questions, contact Senior Civil Engineer Scott Sovers at 319-356-5142 or

Date of publication

Tuesday, May 07, 2019