Dubuque Street traffic will shift to the new, elevated road this week

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Iowa City’s Dubuque St. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The lanes on the left will soon be open to traffic. — photo by Zak Neumann

Cars, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the new Dubuque St. lanes and trail starting on Thursday, Nov. 2.

The Iowa City Public Works Department announced Tuesday that all Dubuque St. traffic will move to the new, southbound lanes from Mayflower Residence Hall to Park Rd. This will free up the northbound lanes for construction and elevation, eliminating the need for the crossover at Mayflower’s south end.

Bikers and walkers will be encouraged to use the new Iowa River Trail between Foster Rd. and Park Rd. Pedestrians hoping to access Mayflower or the surrounding residences may cross at the crosswalk protected by temporary traffic signals.

A temporary traffic stop near Park Rd on Dubuque St on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann

The new road is part of the Iowa City Gateway Project, a flood mitigation effort that includes the raising of Dubuque Street by 10 feet (one foot above the 100-year flood level) and replacement of the Park Road Bridge. Construction is expected to run through August 2018, but Dubuque Street itself is expected to be finished sooner. The project, fronted by Peterson Construction, Inc., cost the city about $40.5 million.

A map of the new pedestrian route is available on the city’s website.

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