Weather permitting, on Tuesday, March 8, tree-clearing will get underway along North Dubuque Street to prepare for the start of construction on the Iowa City Gateway Project. The tree-removal work will progress along Dubuque Street through Friday, April 15, with crews operating between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The trees will be replaced in a later phase of the project.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution when traveling in this construction area, and allow extra travel time for possible delays. Periodic lane closures on the following streets will occur:

  • Dubuque Street between Foster Road and Brown Street
  • Park Road between Dubuque Street and Riverside Drive
  • Kimball Road between Dubuque Street and North Gilbert Street
  • Taft Speedway near Dubuque Street
  • Ridge Road near Dubuque Street

The Gateway Project will elevate Dubuque Street and raise and rebuild Park Road Bridge to help keep Dubuque Street open and protect nearby neighborhoods during flood events. Dubuque Street, which is the main arterial street into the City and carries 25,000 vehicles per day, was shut down for a month during the floods of 2008, and was also closed in 2013 and 2014 due to floodwaters. Planning for the Gateway Project got underway in 2010. Work is scheduled to continue through 2018.

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a partnership led by the City of Iowa City in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Economic Development Administration. For more information, visit or contact Melissa Clow, Special Projects Administrator, at 319-356-5413 or

Date of publication

Monday, March 07, 2016