The City of Iowa City announced yesterday that Rocky Shore Drive will close to all traffic from Highway 6 to Dill Street starting Monday, Sept. 15 as construction crews work to install flood mitigation infrastructure in the area. The roadway is expected to reopen by Friday, Oct. 10, according to a news release from the city officials.
The intersection of Highway 6 (commonly known as “The Coralville Strip”) and Rocky Shore Drive is the second busiest in Johnson County, officials say.
Construction crews will work to install permanent, automatic pumps in addition to a flood wall and permanent flood gate system. The upcoming construction is part of the Rocky Shore Drive Pump Station Project, designed to allow the high-traffic intersection to remain open in the event of future flooding.
According to city officials:
When closed, the flood gates will span the entire roadway of Rocky Shore Drive and will prevent water from seeping onto Highway 6. The installation of permanent pumps will save City personnel time and resources.
This closure includes all bicycle and pedestrian traffic as well. Detour routes for Rocky Shore Drive commuters will be posted, officials say, though traffic moving along Highway 6 will not be affected.