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Traffic Closure Notices

Traffic Closure Notices

July 30, 2021


Traffic Control for Solidarity Ride Celebration

Jimmy Z’s will be holding a Solidarity Ride Celebration on Saturday, July 31, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 11:30 p.m.  The following streets will be closed for the event from 7:00 a.m. Saturday (set-up) to 1:00 a.m. Sunday (tear down complete):

  • 2nd Street SE from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue (intersections excluded)
  • Alley between 1st Avenue SE and 2nd Avenue SE from 2nd Street to 3rd Street

A “No Parking/Tow Away” zone will be enforced on these streets per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A.


1st Avenue E Lane Reductions 

  • Effective Monday, August 2, eastbound traffic on 1st Avenue East will be reduced to one lane between 10th  Street and 12th Street for sidewalk and pavement improvements. Work will take approximately six (6) weeks, weather permitting.
  • Effective Monday, August 2, northbound traffic on 1st Avenue E will be reduced to one lane between 40th Street Drive and Glenbrook Drive for driveway and curb work.  Work is expected to take five (5) days, weather permitting.

20th Street NE Closure
Starting on Monday, July 26, sanitary sewer and pavement improvements will begin on 20th Street NE.  The road will be closed between B Avenue NE and A Avenue NE until approximately the end of August. 


Wiley Boulevard NW Closure

Starting on Wednesday, July 14, Wiley Boulevard NW will be closed between Cedar Crest Court and Rogers Road, for asphalt resurfacing. Work is anticipated to take approximately one to two weeks, weather pending.


First Avenue / CeMar Trail Construction Update | July 22

The project has made rapid progress this month. Here’s a snapshot of work taking place. 

Pedestrian Trail

The contractor has finished the east portion of the pedestrian underpass between 29th Street and 31st Street, and will transition to constructing the west half. Traffic has shifted off the temporary detour road and onto the permanent road. The temporary road will be removed. 

Pavement, Pedestrian Improvements

Elsewhere on 1st Avenue, work at the intersection of 32nd Street is completed and the intersection is fully open to traffic. Work is also nearly complete between 32nd Street and 34th Street, including driveway and sidewalk reconstruction, and streetscape and parkway improvements in front of the Irish Democrat. Improvements in this area will be wrapped up by the end of the month. 

The contractor has finished most of the work at the intersection of 27th Street as well; they are finishing up sidewalk and driveway reconstruction on the east leg. The newly realigned intersection is expected to be open by the end of next week, with no additional closures anticipated.

Once 27th Street is open, the west leg of the 29th Street intersection will close until the end of the project. This final phase will focus on completing underground utility work, driveway, and sidewalk reconstruction from 28th Street to 31st Street on the west half of 1st Avenue. Once crews start on this phase, work is anticipated to take approximately two months to complete.

The entire 1st Avenue project is still on track to be completed by this fall.


12th Avenue SE Construction Update | July 22

Work continues to move forward on the 12th Avenue SE project.

Crews are still working on underground utilities between 9th Avenue and 16th Avenue, which remains closed.

Once utility work is completed, crews will transition to pavement reconstruction. 

About the Project

The 12th Avenue SE project stretches from 7th Street to 17th Street SE. Improvements include pavement repairs, new on-street bike lanes, ADA sidewalk ramp improvements, and utility replacements (water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer). The project will be completed in two phases: 7th Street to 15th Street in 2021; 16th Street to 17th Street in 2022. Complete road closures are anticipated.


Edgewood Road NE Construction Update | July 22

Work is nearing completion on the Edgewood Road project.

The contractor has finished paving on Edgewood Road. There will be minimal traffic disruptions as they finish up final work, such as brick work and plantings. 

Starting tomorrow (Friday) a lane closure will be in effect on Blairs Ferry Road to complete curb ramps. This will only take approximately one-to-two weeks. 

The work on Edgewood Road this year was completed ahead of schedule, and we certainly appreciate your patience and cooperation during the course of the project. 


Cottage Grove Avenue SE Construction Update | July 22

Work continues to move forward on Cottage Grove Avenue.

 Utility work is nearing completion, and pavement work will begin soon.

The contractor has finished sanitary sewer and is working on storm sewer. We anticipate all utilities to be completed by early August. Pavement removal will continue and new street paving will begin.

About the Project
The Cottage Grove Avenue SE project stretches from 1st Avenue to Forest Drive SE, and includes complete pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, traffic signal enhancements at 1st Avenue, and separate pedestrian-bike paths. Future improvements include the segment from Forest Drive to 34th Street SE. 


C Street SW Construction Update | July 22

Work continues to move forward on C Street. The road remains closed to through traffic, with business and residential access open.

The contractor is currently working on storm sewer between Hawthorn Drive and Bowling Street, which is anticipated to take four weeks.

After storm sewer is completed, crews will begin paving new concrete and laying new asphalt. While pavement work is taking place in this area, underground utilities will begin elsewhere on the project.

About the Project

The C Street SW project stretches from Bowling Street to Handley Drive, and includes pavement resurfacing, water main, storm sewer, ADA sidewalk ramp improvements, and installation of new sidewalk. It is scheduled for completion fall 2021. Watch a video presentation with more information about the project on our website.


Williams Boulevard SW Construction Update | July 21
The project is temporarily paused while material testing is underway. During routine testing mid-way through the project, there were inconsistencies that need to be verified before the project can resume. As a state highway, the contractor must adhere to asphalt material specifications that meet the City and DOT’s standards. Testing is underway to ensure the material meets these standards. While this is a temporary inconvenience now, ensuring the right material is placed will mean the road will last longer and we will not need to return at a later date to address premature pavement failure. The City, DOT, and contractor are working as quickly as possible to complete the testing process. Thank you for your patience. 

About the Project
The Williams Boulevard SW project will repair and replace pavement, traffic signals, sidewalk ramps, and other infrastructure along Williams Boulevard, including the intersections at Wiley Boulevard, Westdale Drive, Wilson Avenue, Edgewood Road, and 16th Avenue. Closing sidewalk gaps is a pedestrian safety priority, and this project will construct sidewalk in the gaps on the north side of Williams Boulevard from Wiley Boulevard to 16th Avenue.


66th Avenue SW Construction Update | July 21

Roadway pavement and driveways are complete in the Stage 2 area (Download the Staging Plan). The contractor will be placing dirt behind the curb and doing general clean up for the remainder of the week.

Starting on Monday, July 26:

  • Stage 2 will be open to traffic
  • Stage 3 will be closed
  • 66th Avenue will remain closed; the closure area will shift west to the Stage 3 area.

Some specific updates include:

  • Both of Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s driveways are now complete; access remains from the east (the 6th Street SW-side)
  • ATC’s eastern driveway is complete and the western driveway will be closed in Stage 3; access should come from the east starting on Monday
  • The eastern half of the driveway into the lot owned by Seeger’s will be closed in Stage 3; access should come from the west (the Locust Road-side) starting on Monday

The project is on schedule to be complete in late-summer / early-fall of this year.

About the Project

The 66th Avenue SW project stretches from 8th Street SW to the Crandic Railroad (located east of Locust Rd SW) and includes complete roadway reconstruction, sidewalk on the north side of 66th Avenue, and new underground utilities (storm and sanitary sewer). The project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2021.


6th Street SW Construction Update | July 21

Water main installation continues, as well as the relocation of underground private utilities. Storm sewer and retaining wall installation will begin following the completion of private utility work. 

Pavement repairs on the east half of 6th Street are nearing completion, with plans underway on performing pavement repairs at the intersection of 6th Street and 33rd Avenue. Additional details on this will be issued as plans are finalized. 

About the Project

The 6th Street SW project stretches from Wilson Avenue to 33rd Avenue, and includes new asphalt, utilities, traffic signals, sidewalk, and transition from four lanes (two lanes each direction) to three lanes (one lane each direction with dedicated turn lane). The majority of the project will be completed during the 2021 construction season, with remaining work completed in 2022. 


Chandler Street SW Construction Update | July 20

Reconstruction of the intersection of 20th Street and Chandler Street at the Jefferson High School entrance is substantially completed and the intersection is open to traffic. Minor items such as grading, sidewalk, and sodding remain. The new sidewalk on 16th Avenue is also completed, and all residential water services have been connected to the new water main on 20th Street. 

Our focus has now shifted to installing storm sewer and replacing sanitary sewer manholes on Chandler Street, between 10th Avenue and 2178 Chandler St, near the crest of the hill. This work is expected to last until the end of July. Chandler Street will have a single lane open for local residential traffic. Please use caution, and we appreciate your patience and courtesy. 

About the Project

The project on Chandler Street SW and the 20th Street loop includes pavement reconstruction, all new underground utilities, and sidewalk extension on 16th Avenue SW. Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2020. The project is scheduled to be completed 2022. 


E Avenue NW Construction Update | July 16

Improvements are wrapping up on E Avenue between Jacolyn Drive and Shetland Drive. The contractor is working on final tasks such as finishing driveway surfaces. Temporary delays may occur as this work finishes up. 

New pavement markings will be installed this week or early next. We anticipate E Avenue to open fully to traffic within the next week.

Sod restoration will be completed as the weather cools and is more suitable for sod and seed establishment. 

About the Project
The project on E Avenue NW stretches from Jacolyn Drive to Shetland Drive, and includes asphalt resurfacing, drainage improvements and ADA sidewalk ramp upgrades. It is scheduled to be completed June 2021. Segments of E Avenue NW already completed include Highway100 to Stoney Point Road in 2019, and West Post Road to Jacolyn Drive in 2020. 


O Avenue NW Construction Update | July 15, 2021

Pavement removal is nearly complete on the north side of O Avenue between 24th Street and 26th Street. Starting next week, pavement prep work will begin. Traffic will remain open eastbound only between 24th Street and 26th Street for resident access.  

Also starting next week, the contractor will begin water main installation on the north side O Avenue from 30th Street to Edgewood Road. During this time, two-way traffic will remain open (lanes will shift during construction). The contractor will also install new sanitary sewer services on the south side of O Avenue between 27th Street and 30th Street. Our goal is to resume box culvert installation early August.


Oakland Road / Old Marion Road NE Construction Update | July 13

Pavement on Oakland Road was completed last week between Center Street and 35th Street. The contractor is now working on replacing side streets and driveways. Construction of retaining walls and sidewalks are scheduled to begin next week. Oakland Road between Center Street and 35th Street is expected to open in approximately two weeks. 

Utility work is continuing between 35th Street and Hollywood Boulevard, with paving expected to begin within the next two weeks. This section remains closed. 

About the Project

The project on Oakland Road/Old Marion Road NE stretches from Center Street to Regent Street. Improvements include pavement, on-street bike lanes, sidewalk and ADA sidewalk ramp improvements, and utilities (water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer). It is scheduled for completion fall 2022 (2021 from Center Street to Miami Court; 2022 from Miami Court to Regent Street). 


Edgewood Road NW and Ellis Road Improvements

Starting on July 12, 2021, improvements will begin at the intersection of Edgewood Road NW and Ellis Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction on Edgewood Road. Edgewood Road traffic will be restricted from turning westbound onto Ellis Road. A temporary traffic signal will be activated at Edgewood Road and River Bluffs Drive (just south of the work area) to help with efficient traffic flow during construction. The signal will be removed once the project is completed. 

Project improvements include replacing the intersection of Ellis Road and Edgewood Road, pavement patching and milling, asphalt overlay, and minor utility work (storm sewer) between the intersection and the Cedar River bridge. The project is scheduled to be completed fall 2021.


32nd Street NE Bridge / Interstate Ramp Improvement

32nd Street NE Bridge improvements are currently underway, from Rosewood Court to Madison Street. The project includes alternating interstate ramp closures on each side of the bridge. Starting on Tuesday, July 6, the southbound I-380 off-ramp onto 32nd Street / Glass Road (west side of bridge) will be closed for the remainder of the construction season. The bridge will remain closed to vehicles for the duration of the construction season; however, pedestrian access will remain open.

The project is a joint City and Iowa Department of Transportation project. Overall improvements include I-380 on/off ramp intersection pavement reconstruction, bridge deck rehabilitation, new traffic signals at each end of the bridge, new bridge rail, and ADA sidewalk ramp improvements. The project is scheduled to be completed this fall.


2nd Avenue Bridge Maintenance

Starting on Wednesday, July 7, bridge maintenance work will be underway on the 2nd Avenue Bridge. Traffic will remain open; intermittent parking restrictions will be in effect as the work area shifts. Work is anticipated to take approximately two months, weather permitting.


C Avenue NE Closure

Starting today, Monday, June 28, C Avenue NE will be closed to through traffic from 29th Street to 32nd Street for pavement improvements.  Work is expected to take approximately five (5) weeks, weather permitting.


2nd Street SE Improvements Begin

Starting on Tuesday, June 29th, improvements begin on 2nd Street SE between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue.  2nd Street will be closed for approximately six (6) weeks while work is underway.

The project includes ADA improvements along the west side of 2nd Street that will create an ADA-accessible route along the Paramount Theatre. The project also includes a new asphalt road surface with an upgraded streetscape, continuing the ADA and streetscape improvements made in 2019 on 3rd Avenue.


Lane Reduction on 16th Avenue SW Bridge | June 17

Bridge maintenance is currently underway on the 16th Avenue SW Bridge, between 13th Street and 18th Street SW over the railroad tracks. Traffic traveling eastbound is currently reduced to one lane; this lane reduction will be in place for approximately three months while work is taking place underneath the bridge deck.  This is one of several bridge maintenance projects underway for 2021.


Kirkwood Boulevard SW Closure | June 14

Intersection improvements will start soon at Kirkwood Boulevard and Woodstone Lane SW as construction of a single-lane roundabout begins. Starting on Monday, June 14, Kirkwood Boulevard SW will be closed between Prairie Point Middle School and Wright Brothers Boulevard, and will remain closed the duration of the summer. Access to residents will be maintained. The project is anticipated to be completed this fall.


Council Street NE Project Update | June 8

The asphalt paving is complete on Council Street between Collins Road and Blairs Ferry Road. The contractor will be placing temporary pavement markings this Thursday, June 10. We anticipate Council Street will be fully opened to traffic by the end of the day Thursday. This completes the majority of the project and will wrap up the most significant traffic impacts.

Intermittent lane closures will occur over the next few weeks as the contractor wraps up the project, including placing the permanent pavement markings when the material becomes available. The temporary paint markings being placed now allows us to re-open Council Street to traffic without additional delay. 

Continued traffic impacts through Thursday evening:

  • Council Street remains closed between Collins Road and 51st Street/Park Place
  • Lane restrictions are in place on Council Street between 51st Street/Park Place and Blairs Ferry Road
  • The intersection at Council Street and 51st Street/Park Place is open to through traffic

1st Street NE Storm Sewer Flood Improvements Begin

Starting Monday, April 5, storm sewer improvements will be underway on 1st Street NE, between A Avenue NE and 1st Avenue East, as part of the City’s permanent flood control system. Lane reductions will be in effect during the course of construction, which is anticipated to be completed by June 2021.

The project includes removing and reconstructing underground storm sewer pipe to consolidate drainage outfalls to the Cedar River, and redirect storm water to a future pump station. Later this summer, work in this area will include the installation of a floodgate on 1st Avenue East at 1st Street; as well as trail, curb, and ADA improvements on 1st Street SE near City Hall in advance of permanent flood control. Temporary traffic signals will be in place at 1st Avenue and 1st Street East during construction in this area.


32nd Street NE Bridge Closure for Improvements

Starting on Monday, April 5, 2021, bridge and roadway improvements will begin on the 32nd Street NE bridge. The bridge will be closed to vehicles for the duration of the construction season; however, pedestrian access will remain open. The project will include alternating closures on each side of the bridge (the east side I-380 on-ramp area first, followed by the west side I-380 on-ramp area).

The project is a joint City and Iowa Department of Transportation project. Overall improvements include I-380 on/off ramp intersection pavement reconstruction, bridge deck rehabilitation, new traffic signals at each end of the bridge, new bridge rail, and ADA sidewalk ramp improvements. The project is scheduled to be completed this fall.


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