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Cedar Rapids: CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES FOR FLOOD PREPARATIONS

Cedar Rapids, IA – September 24, 2016 – Current road closures as of September 24, 2:00 p.m. Information also available on the City’s website, www.cedar-rapids.org and will be updated as necessary.

Bridges:

  • All downtown bridges currently closed, in addition to 8th Avenue, 12th Avenue, and 16th Avenue Bridges.


I-380 Ramp Closures

  • The 5th Avenue SW/Diagonal Drive SW exit (Exit 19A) for northbound traffic will be restricted to emergency and construction vehicles only
  • The 1st Street W exit (Exit 19C) for northbound traffic will be closed to all traffic
  • The 1st Street E exit (Exit 20A) for southbound traffic will be closed to all traffic
  • The 1st Avenue W exit (Exit 19B) for southbound traffic will be restricted to emergency and construction vehicles only

I-380 can still be accessed at Wilson Avenue SW and 7th Street NE.

Road Closures

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues – closed between 6th Street W to 5th Street E
  • 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Avenues SE – closed between 1st Street SE to 6th Street SE
  • 8th Avenue – closed between 1st Street SW to 10th Street SE
  • 12th Avenue – closed between C Street SW to 10th Street SE
  • 16th Avenue – closed between C Street SW to 4th Street SE
  • 1st Street NE –closed between A Street NE to 1st Avenue E
  • 7th Street SE – closed at 8th Avenue SE to southbound traffic
  • 8th Street SE – closed at 8th Avenue SE to southbound traffic

Access will be maintained for emergency personnel, construction vehicles, and property owners only. The public is asked to avoid the downtown area, NewBo area, Time Check NW area, and Czech Village area to assist with flood preparation efforts and provide room for construction vehicles.

Information will continue to be provided on the city’s website: www.cedar-rapids.org.


Expect delays on Dubuque Street into downtown Iowa City for cyclo-cross parking, Oktoberfest

Drivers coming to Iowa City to celebrate the Cyclo-Cross World Cup and the Northside Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 can expect delays on Dubuque Street and should consider taking another route in and out of Iowa City.

Dubuque Street is currently reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction from Foster Road to Ronalds Street for work on the Iowa City Gateway Project, a large flood mitigation effort.

Drivers can expect 15-to-30 minute delays during peak times, and that may include portions of the Saturday Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, happening all day, and the Northside Oktoberfest, happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are advised to allow extra travel time or consider an alternative route, including Dodge Street (Highway 1).

The City of Iowa City is providing free downtown parking and shuttle services to the Saturday cyclo-cross races and Oktoberfest. Shuttles will run from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. between the Cyclo-Cross World Cup, Oktoberfest and three downtown parking ramps. Shuttles will run continuously during the event and are estimated to arrive at stops every 7 minutes or so. A map is available that details specific Saturday shuttle stops.  

Limited, on-site parking for the Saturday cyclo-cross races can be purchased for $10. 

Tickets are required for the Saturday World Cup races and Northside Oktoberfest. Race tickets can be purchased at all Johnson County MidWestOne Bank locations, several local bike shops and on-site at the fairgrounds. Oktoberfest tickets include admission to the world cup and can be bought online at downtowniowacity.com.

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project that will elevate Dubuque Street while also raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. Project updates are regularly posted to icgov.org/gatewayproject as well as the City of Iowa City Facebook and Twitter pages. 


Cedar Rapids Transit to Suspend Bus Service Sept. 24-27

Due to street closures related to flood preparations, Cedar Rapids Transit will suspend bus services on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday -- Sept. 24 through Sept. 27. The Transit Division will reassess operations at that time. Transit staff will report as directed and provide assistance with other flood protection measures. 
 
For further updates, please check: www.Cedar-Rapids.org

Cedar Rapids Flood Preparation- Update

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – September 23, 2016 – The Cedar River continues to be projected to crest at 24 feet on Monday, Sept. 26, into Tuesday morning. Preparations are continuing as we work to protect our City from predicted high water levels and probable flooding. Staff from Public Safety, Sewer, Engineering, Traffic, and Streets Divisions have been quickly assembling equipment, staff, and resources to continue proactive flood protection measures. To date, the City has already deployed, and will continue to deploy, pumps and sewer plugs, and identifying sandbagging areas.

Today City crews will be taking active measures in low-lying areas on both sides of the river. This will include the installation of Hesco barriers and earthen berms. Residents will see this work taking place on the east side between 1st Avenue to 16th Avenue; and on the west side between Time Check Czech Village in the coming days. The City will likely close roads periodically throughout the day for this work. We ask the public to be patient and find alternate routes where necessary, and leave area open and clear for contractors and City crews to allow them to safely and efficiently complete their work.

This morning, crews closed the 8th Avenue Bridge to deploy and install Hesco Barriers. Some road closures have already begun in some of our low-lying areas, including Otis Road, and Ellis Road west of Edgewood. These will be added to the City’s website as additional roads are closed. More roads will be closed starting on Saturday. The public is advised to heed all road closure signs and barricades. Residents are reminded to not drive or walk through standing water.

Residents in low lying areas who anticipate flooding can park cars in the Ladd Library parking lot on the west side or in the Westdale mall lot in front of the former Von Maur.

Sandbagging materials are being supplied to residents and businesses by the City free of charge. Sandbagging stations have been set up near the New Bo market on 11th Street, at Ellis Park pavilion (please enter park from Zika Avenue) and 5th St and K Ave NW. Volunteers are welcome to help fill bags, and are asked to bring shovels.

The City is using every resource available to protect our city and keep citizens from harm. For low-lying areas, we encourage all residents and business to take measures to protect their properties. Based on current projections, we are preparing for approximately 6-8 feet less than what we experienced during the 2008 flood. Lower levels of properties will be impacted first, including basements, window wells, and floor drains.

We have already seen many members of the community step up and ask to volunteer. We appreciate everyone’s efforts, and continue to encourage volunteers – or those who need assistance from volunteers – to call United Way’s 211. 


ICPD investigates robbery on Broadway Street

The Iowa City Police Department (ICPD)  responded to the 1900 block of Broadway Street on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8:42 p.m. to a report of a robbery that had just occurred where a weapon was displayed. 

The victim reported he was approached by two male subjects outside of his residence. One of the subjects displayed what was later determined to be a BB/pellet gun. The victim reported that the suspects grabbed his cell phone and then fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. The suspects were described as two black males, both with slender builds, and both wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled tightly, covering their faces. 

This matter remains under investigation by the ICPD Investigations Division. The Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 319-358-TIPS (8477) or www.iccrimestoppers.org.  All contacts are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


Structure Fire at 1104 Highland Avenue

At 6:46 p.m. Sunday evening, September 18, the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 1104 Highland Avenue. While responding, information was relayed that a passerby noticed smoke coming from a basement window.  The initial arriving fire department units found fire in the basement of the residence.  Crews quickly contained the fire and extinguished it within 15 minutes.  All occupants were out of the structure prior to the arrival of the fire department.

 

13 on-duty Iowa City Fire Department personnel participated in fire suppression efforts. Personnel from the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance, Johnson County Emergency Communications Center, American Red Cross, and Mid-American Energy also provided assistance. The fire department remained on scene for just under two hours.  The structure and contents suffered approximately $30,000.00 in damages.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

 

For more information, contact Battalion Chief Brian Platz at 319/356-5255 or brian-platz@iowa-city.org.  


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News and Notes from the City of Coralville, September 15, 2016

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • R.E.A.D. Therapy Dogs (September 18)
  • Senior Potluck (September 19)
  • Meetings: Board of Adjustment (September 19), City Council (September 27)
  • Kinder Club (September 23)

View all upcoming events

 

Find Fall Flavors at the Farmers’ Market

Autumn is near, but the Coralville Farmers’ Market is still open! Stop by the parking lot of the Coralville Community Aquatic Center every Monday through October 3 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm for locally-grown produce, fresh baked goods, and more! Learn more

 

Sounds of Summer

Thursday, September 15 | 6:30 pm

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to S.T. Morrison Park for the final Sounds of Summer concert of 2016! Grateful Dead tribute band Winterland will perform. Learn more

 

Free Document Shredding

Saturday, September 24 | 8:00 am-noon

Do you have personal papers to shred? Bring an unlimited number of boxes to the City Hall parking lot, 1512 7th Street, and have them securely shredded for free! Learn more

 

Save the Dates to Clean Up!

Mayor's Clean Up Week

October 3-7

During Mayor’s Clean Up Week, set out big items, such as wrecked furniture or washed-up bathroom fixtures, for free pickup on trash day. Learn more

 

Hazardous Waste Disposal

October 7 | 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Thanks to a partnership with the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, residents can bring up to one box of hazardous waste per household to the City Hall parking lot for free, safe disposal.
Learn more

 

On Stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts 

Movie: The Godfather

Friday, September 23 | 6:30 pm

This 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy is based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel. Learn more

 

Movie: WALL-E

Saturday, September 24 | 10:00 am

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Learn more


Orchestra Iowa Showcase Chamber Series: The Soldier's Tale

Sunday, September 25 | 2:30 pm

This unique theatrical chamber experience weaves a musical tale of a soldier and his encounter with the devil. Learn more

 

What's Happening at the Library

LitFlicks Free Movie: Bridge of Spies

Tuesday, September 20 | 6:00 pm

A lawyer is thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task of negotiating the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Learn more

 

What's Happening at the Library

LitFlicks Free Movie: Bridge of Spies

Tuesday, September 20 | 6:00 pm

A lawyer is thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task of negotiating the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Learn more

 

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Coralville Approves Agreement for Iowa Arena - Arena Digest

Plans for a new University of Iowa arena have moved forward, as the City of Coralville and Iowa have agreed to a plan to help finance the project.

As was detailed here earlier this summer, the University of Iowa could place both men’s and women’s hockey in the arena, while Coralvillle had also reached out to the USHL about placing a team in the venue.. Iowa Arena would host just over 4,000 for games, but the capacity would be over 6,200 for other events.

A key piece of the funding is in place, as the City of Coralville has approved a plan that was previously affirmed by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Under this agreement, Coralville will be able to collect $12 million in sales and hotel taxes generated by the Iowa River Landing Reinvesment District. That would pay for its share of Iowa Arena, with other funding sources expected to include donations and private investment.

This agreement will run for 20 years, giving Coralville time to expand the tax base within the Iowa River Landing Project, which includes Iowa Arena. More from The Gazette:

The arena project is expected to cost $70 million. The project also includes the Iowa Fitness and Sports Performance Institute, Antique Car Museum and Johnson County Historical Society.

The reinvestment district is planned to also include a Drury Inn among other buildings.

The council also voted 4-0 to approve a contract with JLG Architects to provide architecture services for the arena and other projects around the Iowa River Landing. With the contract, the city agreed to pay a fee of 6.25 percent of the work on the Iowa Arena.

Under the city’s current timeline, the arena will open in 2019.

Image courtesy of the City of Coralville. 

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