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Road Closure - N Linn Street

IOWA CITY -- Work has started on the installation of sanitary sewer and water service lines to a building on N Linn Street between Market Street and Bloomington Street.  This work is expected to cause the following traffic pattern changes: 

  • Monday, April 23rd – lanes of traffic will be shifted, two way traffic will be maintained
  • Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th – closed to traffic 
  • Thursday, April 26th - reduced to one lane of alternating traffic

It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Thursday, April 26th.

Motorists are to take note of this work and to seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Video Update: Hydrant Flushing, Drug Take Back Day and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include hydrant flushing, a drug take back event and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.


Iowa City Update


Fire Hydrant Flushing

Learn about this important maintenance process and how it impacts you.

Drug Take Back Day

Don’t miss your chance to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications during this collection event.

Hate Crime Forum

Watch this recording of a panel-led community conversation on hate crimes and their impact on our community.

Queso with a Cop

Get the details on this fun opportunity to sit down with officers to discuss community issues in a casual setting.

Coffee & Canvas

Help support the Senior Center while getting an art lesson during this fun-filled event.

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.


Public safety training to take place at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

Several local public safety agencies will undergo training from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, 579 McCollister Blvd. 

As part of the exercise, teams will conduct searches throughout the Sand Lake area. The recreation area and the lake will remain open to the public, but community members will notice public safety personal, equipment and vehicles on site. 

Participating organizations include the Iowa City and Coralville Fire Departments, in addition to local law enforcement. For more information, contact Iowa City Fire Department Battalion Chief Zach Hickman at 319-356-5255 or zach-hickman@iowa-city.org


Intermodal Cartage Truck Drivers Receive 30% Pay Raise

Memphis-based Intermodal Cartage Company has announced a 30% pay raise for its drivers to proactively reach out to more prospective employees at the drayage carrier.

IMC is the latest carrier to offer a substantial pay raise in the past few months in an effort to attract new drivers and retain experienced drivers. With high demand to move freight and an ongoing driver shortage, trucking companies are actively making moves to be more competitive employers.

Current driver shortage estimates find that as many as 90,000 drivers are needed nationwide, and hundreds of thousands will be needed in the coming decades in order to meet rising demand.

via www.truckinginfo.com


Construction Work Begins Downtown – Open House May 4

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Several downtown construction projects are scheduled to begin next week, weather permitting. This year, work will continue on pavement restoration, sidewalk and ADA improvements, utility replacements, and conversion from one-way to two-way travel. The public can learn more about upcoming projects at an open house on Friday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Economic Alliance (501 1st St SE).

TRAFFIC IMPACTS - WORK STARTING APRIL 23, 2018

2nd Avenue: Starting next week, crews will begin milling and resurfacing work on 2nd Avenue SE, starting at 8th Street and working their way to 1st Street. Travel lane reductions and parking restrictions will be in effect. This work will last approximately three weeks, weather permitting. The road will remain one-way until the railroad crossing arms and gates are installed later this spring/early summer.

5th Street: Also starting next week, work will begin on 5th St SE, between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue. This includes storm sewer and pavement work. The intersection of 5th Avenue and 5th Street SE will be closed; lane and parking restrictions will also be in effect on 5th Street. This work will last approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

 

THIS YEAR’S DOWNTOWN PROJECTS:

2nd Avenue SE, from 1st Street SE to 8th Street SE

  • Two-way conversion
  • Milling, resurfacing
  • ADA / Sidewalk improvements
  • Railroad crossing arms/gates
  • Bike lanes

3rd Avenue Bridge

  • Transition from angle to parallel parking
  • Milling, resurfacing
  • Protected bike lane
  • Work on the bridge will not begin until late summer

 

4th and 5th Avenue SE, from 3rd Street to 5th Street

  • Two-way conversion
  • Milling, resurfacing
  • Storm sewer replacement
  • Pedestrian bump-outs at four intersections
  • ADA / Sidewalk improvements
  • Railroad crossing arms/gates
  • 4th Avenue bike lanes

5th Street SE, from 4th Ave to 5th Ave

  • Storm sewer replacement
  • Pavement resurfacing
  • Pedestrian bump outs

Boyson Road NE Intermittent Closures

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will be removing ash trees alongside Boyson Road NE next week, which will require a full road closure. Closures will be scheduled to allow drop-off and pick-up operations at Bowman Woods Elementary to continue. 

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week (April 23 25) Boyson Road between Brentwood Drive and Kent Drive will be fully closed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., to allow tree removals to safely take place outside of school pick-up and drop-off times. 

Bowman Woods Elementary can still be accessed via the entrance off Chatham Rd.  The ash removals are part of the City’s Emerald Ash Borer management plan and are being removed proactively to limit the spread of the disease.


Traffic Control Modification at Oakdale Boulevard & Crosspark Road

CORALVILLE -- Starting at 9:00 am on Monday, April 23, traffic control will be modified at the Oakdale Boulevard and Crosspark Road intersection. The modification will keep eastbound Oakdale Boulevard traffic on the north side of the center median, running head-to-head with westbound traffic, from Coral Ridge Ave to the east side of the CRANDIC Railroad crossing.

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Lane reduction on Dubuque Street starting Monday, April 23

IOWA CITY -- Traffic lanes will be reduced on Dubuque Street beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018, weather permitting. 

The left turn lane from northbound Dubuque Street to westbound Park Road will not be available at the intersection allowing the contractor to complete installation of water main. This work must be completed before the closure of the Park Road bridge. Vehicles will travel head-to-head during this time.  

Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes or plan for delays. Remember to use caution when traveling through the construction zone.

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation effort, elevating Dubuque Street while raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. To receive project updates, sign up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions, and follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter using #ICgateway. To learn more about the project, visit www.icgov.org/gatewayproject.


City of Iowa City earns Aaa bond rating

Moody's Investors Service has awarded the City of Iowa City the highest credit rating possible, an Aaa bond rating, for its outstanding general obligation debt. The City has maintained an Aaa rating since November 1973. The top tier Aaa rating ranks Iowa City among the most financially stable cities in the state of Iowa and the nation.

The Moody’s rating is used by banking authorities and investors to evaluate the potential risk of loans, bonds, and other financial transactions with municipalities and other governmental entities. A top rating by Moody’s, a global market rating agency, represents the least amount of risk to investors. For Iowa City, it also represents financial savings for the City and taxpayers due to lower interest rates on loans for municipal projects. 

For more information, contact Finance Director Dennis Bockenstedt at 319-356-5053 or dennis-bockenstedt@iowa-city.org.


Bus Stops Impacted by 1st Avenue/6th Street Construction

Coralville BusRoad reconstruction on 1st Avenue, and the closure of 6th Street just west of 1st Avenue, will impact five Coralville Transit stops on four bus routes. The following rerouting is expected to be in effect starting Tuesday, April 24, until further notice:

10th Street Route

  • Stop #4030 (1st Avenue and 5th Street): Closed; passengers redirected to 5th Street and 3rd Avenue
  • Stop #4040 (6th Street and 1st Avenue – Scotch Pine): Closed; passengers redirected to southwest corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue
  • Stop #4050 (6th Street and 4th Avenue): Closed; passengers redirected to southwest corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue

Lantern Park Route

  • Stop #4051 (6th Street and 4th Avenue – Scotsdale): Closed; passengers redirected to northwest corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue
  • Stop #4041 (6th Street and 1st Avenue) : Closed; passengers redirected to northwest corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue

Night and Saturday Route

  • Stop #4040 (6th Street and 1st Avenue – Scotch Pine): Closed; passengers redirected to southwest corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue
  • Stop #4050 (6th Street and 4th Avenue): Closed; passengers redirected to southwest corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue

PM Special Route

  • Stop #4040 (6th Street and 1st Avenue – Scotch Pine): Closed; passengers redirected to southwest corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue
  • Stop #4050 (6th Street and 4th Avenue): Closed; passengers redirected to southwest corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue

Route changes, lane closures, and traffic delays will make predicted bus arrival times on Bus on the Go (Bongo, www.bongo.org) inaccurate, however, the real-time maps on Bongo with actual bus locations will be accurate and should be used to locate buses.

via www.coralville.org