Court Street Reconstruction Project News
Recognizing Court Street as a collector street responsible for connecting the east side of Iowa City to the Downtown area, the City of Iowa City is planning to reconstruct Court Street from Muscatine Avenue to First Avenue. Throughout the project lifecycle, City staff and design consultant Foth, will maintain communication with the community via public meetings, project website and social media updates, as well as mailers and newsletters. With design starting in early 2021, construction is anticipated to begin in 2023.
The Court Street Reconstruction Project includes the following:
- Replace aging street and sidewalk pavement
- Upgrade sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main utilities
- Design begins: Spring 2021
- Construction begins: 2023
Public Information Meeting
A virtual open house was held on April 29, 2021, to outline the planned improvements and answer any questions. Watch the recording of that meeting for details.
What are the benefits of the project?
A new concrete roadway will provide a safe travel surface for vehicles. Accessibility for pedestrians will be improved with new sidewalk and ADA compliant pedestrian ramps along both sides of Court Street. There will be upgrades to the water main, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer that will provide more reliable water and sewer services with lower maintenance.
How will I be able to access my home, business, or City High during construction?
There will be an impact, however the designers will work to reduce the impacts to properties by phasing work. Short durations of driveway and sidewalk closures will be necessary for some sidewalk, utility installations, and reconstruction of the driveway approaches. Meetings will be scheduled with the residents directly accessing Court Street to discuss access impacts.
How long will my home or business be impacted?
The project is in the early stages of design and planning. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2023 and continue through to approximately the end of fall of 2024. Project phasing will be finalized as we get further along in the design process.
What will be the impacts be to me or my property?
Installation of new water and sanitary mains and services to the city right-of-way line will cause short periods of outages as well as require some excavation on your property, which will be restored as part of the project. Temporary construction easements will be necessary to complete work outside of the right of way. During construction there will also be regular construction noise and dust during the work which will be limited to the hours of 7am to 10pm; the exception is for saw cutting of concrete, the timing of which is critical and may be required at off-hours.
Who will the contractor be?
After the project design is complete, the City will advertise for Contractors to review plans and submit bids for construction. After bids are received, they are reviewed by Public Works staff and will recommend award to council based on bid results. This process is tentatively scheduled for winter 2022-2023.
What might cause delays?
Excavating for a new roadway and utility installations may turn up a few surprises, such as abandoned and unknown utility lines. Also, unknown underground repairs to old infrastructure may need to be addressed if repairs are identified during construction work. Discoveries such as these take time to address. As with any construction project, the weather is a big factor that can cause delays at all phases of construction.
Will the sidewalks be moved further away from the street?
Yes, where feasible. On the north side of Court Street, the sidewalks are going to move approximately 3.5 feet to the north and on the south side the sidewalks will move approximately 2 feet to the south. View a diagram for details.
Ethan Yoder, Civil Engineer
City of Iowa City – Engineering Division