Update: 10/09/2018
The Gateway Celebration breakfast and ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, has been postponed due to current and projected flooding. 

The City will host this event in spring 2019. More details will come at a later date. 

A graphic showing gateway celebration postponed

Original Message: 09/20/2018
After more than two years of construction, crews have successfully raised Dubuque Street and Park Road Bridge, completing a major flood mitigation project that reduces the risk of flood related closures along Iowa City's main gateway. All lanes of traffic are anticipated to reopen in October. 

Let's celebrate! Save the date for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. 

Celebratory coffee and donuts! 

As a thank you to Dubuque Street travelers, breakfast is on us during your morning commute from 6:30 to 8 a.m. A drive-through will be set up for vehicular traffic in Terrell Mill Park, 1209 N. Dubuque St., located near the UI Boat House. 

Walkers and cyclists can also grab a treat along the project’s pedestrian path. 

Breakfast will be available first come, first served until supplies last. 

For updates and reminders, RSVP to the Facebook event

Gateway Ceremony 

A formal ceremony will follow at 9 a.m. in Lower City Park, 200 Park Road, with remarks by Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton and Iowa City Public Works Director Ron Knoche.  

Light refreshments will be provided.  

About the Project 

Dubuque Street is Iowa City’s main entrance and key gateway into the community for residents and visitors, carrying more than 25,000 vehicles per day between I-80, the Downtown area, and the University of Iowa campus, with Park Road Bridge serving as a critical link. 

The Iowa City Gateway Project has elevated Dubuque Street by 10 ft., or 1 foot above the 100-year flood level, and Park Road Bridge by 1 foot above the 200-year flood level, reducing the risk of future flood related closures. 

Additional work included new underground infrastructure, improvements to the intersection of Park Road and Dubuque Street, as well as addressing safety concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

To learn more, visit icgov.org/gatewayproject, and search #ICGateway on Facebook and Twitter

Date of publication

Tuesday, October 09, 2018