WORK DELAYED: The switch to the northbound lanes on Dubuque Street has been a little delayed, but is now underway. It is expected to be fully moved over by the end of the day Thurs. Dec. 22, 2016. Also, Brown Street is now open, but utility work is still being done on Kimball.

Traffic is expected to switch to the northbound lanes of Dubuque Street beginning Monday, December 19, 2016, weather pending. 

The change is part of the Phase 2 traffic pattern for the ongoing Iowa City Gateway Project, a flood mitigation effort on Dubuque Street. Vehicles are expected to travel head-to-head in the northbound lanes for the duration of this phase of work. The shift will allow the contractor to begin work on the retaining wall near the river and the elevation of the southbound lanes.    

With the  Stage 2 change, access at Taft Speedway and Ridge Road will be closed due to restricted sight distances and turning movements in the head-to-head configuration. Brown Street and Kimball Road will also open either Tuesday Dec. 20 or Wednesday Dec. 21, weather depending. 

Drivers are encouraged to proceed with caution through the construction zone and look for alternate routes when possible.

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project that will elevate 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 work and view the phase 2 plans visit   


Date of publication

Friday, December 16, 2016