Current construction on Park Road nearing completion, prepping way for future bridge project

Construction between Construction on Riverside Drive and the Upper City Park exit on Park Road should be completed by August 20 -- photo by Frank Weirich
Construction between Riverside Drive and the Upper City Park exit on Park Road should be completed by August 20, 2016 — photo by Frank Weirich

A segment of the construction planned for Park Road bridge and Dubuque Street is nearing completion, which will allow the next leg of the project to begin. The overall purpose of the project is the elevation of the current road, as well as the installation of a new bridge connecting Park Road with Dubuque Street.

Special Project Administrator Melissa Clow said that construction taking place between Riverside Drive and the Upper City Park exit on Park Road should be nearing completion around Aug. 20, despite the site listing current construction projects in Iowa City noting that the completion was expected for Aug. 5. Clow said that for the last three weeks, it’s been set for completion on the later date in meeting minutes.

The purpose of this particular leg of construction will widen the current section of Park Road, adding a third turn lane to the existing two. Clow said that this was planned to help with traffic turning into the new Hancher Auditorium.

Construction also started May 31 on the new bridge’s piers. This new bridge will be replacing the preexisting one connecting Park Road to Dubuque Street, with work on the approach section to the bridge beginning in 2018, once bridge construction is completed.

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