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1st Avenue East Improvements Starting

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Sidewalk, intersection reconstruction, and traffic signal replacements will occur this summer on 1st Avenue East.

Starting this week, sidewalk improvements will begin between 34th Street and 36th Street. Traffic traveling northbound will experience lane reductions for approximately 3 weeks.

About the Project

These improvements are part of the overall 1st Avenue East project. The majority of the pavement and utility work has already been completed in previous years. This year will focus on sidewalk, and intersection reconstruction / traffic signal replacement at two intersections. Traffic impacts this year will consist of single curb lane restrictions as crews install or widen sidewalk, and restrictions at select intersections during reconstruction and traffic signal installation.

Intersections that will be under construction later this summer include 38th Street/1st Avenue, and 40th Street/1st Avenue. The project stretches from 34th Street to 40th Street, and will be completed this construction season.

Wrong Way Drivers Dynamic Message Alert

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation, will be using the overhead interstate signs to provide a dynamic message alert when the City’s Joint Communications Center receives a report of a motorist driving the wrong way on the interstate highway system in Cedar Rapids.

Wrong way driving crashes occur when a vehicle has not observed posted traffic signs or pavement markings and proceeds in a lane going the wrong direction.

According to a Highway Special Investigation Report released by the National Transportation Safety Board, although they are relatively rare highway occurrences, wrong-way collisions tend to be severe events resulting in fatalities, and the number of fatalities, averaging over 300 per year, has remained essentially unchanged in recent years.  Wrong-way collisions occur most often at night and during the weekends; they also tend to take place in the lane closest to the median.  Driving while impaired by alcohol is the primary cause of wrong-way driving collisions; more than 60 percent of wrong-way collisions are caused by drivers impaired by alcohol.

When you see an alert, reduce your speed and proceed with extreme caution. If you see a wrong way driver approaching, immediately pull off the roadway.

Especially at night and during transitional light times such as dawn and dusk, motorists are encouraged to stay in the right lane, when possible, to avoid a crash with a wrong way driver. In the majority of wrong way crashes, vehicles are hit head-on, resulting in 81 percent of all wrong way fatalities. Head-on collisions are some of the most dangerous and deadly crashes.

Update on Wiley Blvd Water Main Closure

Cedar Rapids, IA – Wiley Blvd SW between Roxbury Drive and Johnson Avenue is open to northbound traffic; it currently remains closed to southbound traffic, due to a water main break that occurred on Saturday, May 19. Access to Hoover Elementary is available from the south. Work is anticipated to take approximately one week.

Art Van Furniture Extends Free American Flag Exchange Program to All Midwest Locations Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 through May 28

WARREN, Mich. –  Art Van Furniture is exhibiting its patriotic spirit, inviting the public to bring their worn American Flags to any of its stores from Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, and trade them in for a complimentary, new 3-foot by 5-foot American flag. The Midwest’s No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer has experienced enormous customer response to its flag exchange program, collecting 4,000 used, faded flags during the program’s inaugural year in 2017. The retired Stars and Stripes are respectfully disposed of in accordance with the US Flag Code.

“The public has embraced the free flag exchange program and we are proud to continue the tradition as well as introduce it in our newest markets,” said Ron Boire, Art Van Furniture’s president and CEO.

American flags can be exchanged at all store Art Van Furniture showrooms in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri on Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Monday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For a complete review of the US Flag Code, including the proper position and manner of display for the American flag, click here. For additional information, visit 

About Art Van Furniture, LLC. Art Van Furniture, LLC is the Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer with 187 stores in nine states operating under the following brands; Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep, Art Van Flooring, Scott Shuptrine Interiors, Levin Furniture, Levin Mattress, Wolf Furniture and Gardiner Wolf Furniture. Founded in 1959, the company is headquartered in Warren, Mich. Art Van Furniture owned by Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. of Boston. Visit for more information.

Temporary Closure of Deer Creek Road

Deer Creek RoadCORALVILLE -- Beginning at 8:00 am on Thursday, May 24, Deer Creek Road will close temporarily just south of Highway 6 (2nd Street) to allow Iowa Interstate Railroad to replace a damaged rail within the Deer Creek Road railroad crossing.  The repair should be completed Thursday evening, but it could extend into Friday.  A press release will be issued when Deer Creek Road reopens.    

Note:  The road closure requires cancellation of the softball games at Coralville Creekside Ballpark on Thursday night, May 24, but the games on Friday night, May 25, should not be impacted.

For more information about the Deer Creek Road closure, please contact Assistant City Engineer Scott Larson at, or call 319.248.1720.


Today's Weather Outlook for the Corridor

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the corridor area.  Up-to-date weather conditions for the Iowa City area are observed at the Iowa City, Iowa City Municipal Airport, IA.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the corridor area, just type in your zip code below.

Coralville, Iowa, weather forecast

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Road Construction - College Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 and on Friday, May 25, 2018, College Street will be closed to through traffic between Gilbert Street and Van Buren Street.  This closure will facilitate the construction of a building in the area.  Access to the Chauncey Swan Parking Lot from College Street will be maintained from the east.  College Street will re-open to traffic at the end of each day. 

Motorists are to take note of this closure and seek an alternate route during on these days.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas. 

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City,

Road Construction - Yewell St., Freindly Ave., Ginter Ave., Arthur St., Union Road, Linn St., Clark St. and Washington St.

Weather permitting, street pavement repair work will begin this week at various locations in Iowa City.  This work will impact the following streets: 

Reduced to one lane of alternating traffic 

  • Intersection of Yewell Street and Friendly Avenue – May 22nd thru May 24th
  • Intersection of Yewell Street and Ginter Avenue – May 22nd thru May 24th
  • Union Road near its intersection with California Avenue – May 22nd thru May 24th
  • Linn Street near its intersection with College Street – May 23rd thru May 24th
  • Clark Street near its intersection with Bowery Street – May 24th thru May 26th  

Road closed

  • Arthur Street between Bradford Drive and Wayne Avenue - May 22nd thru May 24th .  Access to residences will be maintained.

Lane of traffic shifted

  • Washington Street eastbound lane of traffic shifted between Lucas Street and Governor Street – May 24th thru May 26th

Motorists are encouraged to take note of the work at these locations and allow extra travel time or seek an alternate route as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City,

Register now for Emergency Services Youth Summer Camp

Students grades 6-12 are invited to join Iowa City firefighters, police and Johnson County Ambulance Service for a hands-on, summer fun experience!

The 2018 Emergency Services Youth Summer Camps are free to participants, and expose kids to the work emergency responders do to keep our community safe. Youth will practice fire skills, like ladders and hoses, emergency response tactics, like CPR and first aid, and interact with police tools, like the K9 unit and bomb squad. The camp is also designed to help develop leadership, decision-making and self-confidence skills.  

Camps for two age groups are available and will meet at Fire Station No. 4, 2008 N. Dubuque Road. The Junior High Camp, for students grades 6-8, will meet July 9 and 10, and the Senior High Camp, for students grades 9-12, will meet July 16 and 17. Both camps will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

There is no fee to participate and lunch is included, but registration is required. 

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Registration forms can be downloaded at or picked-up at any Iowa City Fire Station, the Police Station, 410 E. Washington St., or at Johnson County Ambulance Service, 808 S. Dubuque St. They can be returned via email to or delivered/mailed to Fire Station No. 1,  410 E. Washington St., Iowa City. The deadline to register for both camps is Friday, June 15. 


Those with questions can contact Lt. Brandon Smith at or firefighter Sadie McDowell at Both are available by calling 319-356-5261. 

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Learn more 

Watch the video and hear first hand from firefighters and police what the Emergency Services Youth Camp is all about. 

A flyer for the emergency services youth camp