Starting this week and next, pedestrians will be rerouted from the sidewalks along Washington Street to the newly paved road as work begins to remove and replace sidewalks along Washington Street as part of the Washington Streetscape Project.  

People will be able to access their favorite businesses on Washington Street throughout construction. However, instead of using the sidewalks, they will use the road and temporary bridges that will connect them from the street directly to the entrance of a business. The bridges will be provided on both sides of Washington Street. 

Sidewalks are being re-paved starting at the intersection of Clinton and Washington Streets and moving east toward Dubuque Street.

The Washington Streetscape project is part of a larger Downtown and Pedestrian Mall Streetscape Plan. The project will give Washington Street a fresh, updated look while also updating aging underground infrastructure, which is needed following a large, destructive water main break in 2013.

The project is being done in two phases and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.

A reminder, all businesses on Washington Street will remain open and accessible throughout construction. The Iowa City Downtown District is coordinating several special activities and events as construction progresses as part of its Open Washington campaign. To learn more visit

For more information about the construction project, visit

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Date of publication

Thursday, July 07, 2016