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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.


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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


1st Avenue Construction Begins Next Phase on April 24

1st AveCORALVILLE -- Starting at 9:00 on Tuesday, April 24, the 1st Avenue Improvements from 6th Street to 9th Street will transition into Phase 2 – Stage 1. During this stage, 6th Street will close to traffic between 1st Avenue and the driveway to the Baymont Inn & Suites. Traffic on 1st Avenue will be reduced to one lane northbound and one lane southbound near the 6th Street intersection, and both lanes will be shifted east onto temporary pavement. Phase 2 – Stage 1 should be complete by July 25.

Construction will impact Coralville Transit routes. Please visit www.coralville.org/transit for the latest information.

Access to businesses along 1st Avenue will be maintained for the duration of the 1st Avenue construction. During Phase 2 – Stage 1, the Baymont Inn & Suites will remain accessible using their southerly driveway at the intersection of 5th Street Place and 2nd Avenue (shared driveway with Burger King). Pedestrian access will be maintained along 1st Avenue through temporary surfacing and channelizing barriers. Drivers should expect delays and please drive carefully in work zones! 

With both northbound and southbound 1st Avenue reduced to one lane in the work zone, we are asking drivers to use both available lanes up to the point where the lane reduction occurs and then take turns merging, also referred to as zipper merging. Visit www.coralville.org/finishing1st.

The 1st Avenue improvements will be substantially complete this December and will feature:

  • Four through lanes and a continuous center turn lane
  • 10 foot wide sidewalks on both sides of 1st Avenue
  • Upgraded traffic signals at the E. 7th Street intersection
  • New four-leg intersection with traffic signals at 6th Street, with the fourth leg providing a future connection to E. 2nd Avenue in the Iowa  River Landing
  • New public utilities (storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water main)
  • New roadway lighting and streetscaping

via www.coralville.org


Suspect Arrested for Murder of AnnaElise Edgeton

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department has arrested a suspect in the shooting death of 18-year old AnnaElise M. Edgeton.  Edgeton was found deceased inside her apartment at Shamrock Apartments, 316 Jacolyn Drive SW, at 11:21 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Edgeton died as the result of a gunshot wound.

The subsequent investigation found that Kyler Jacob Junkins, DOB/08-20-1998, age 19, of Marion, was involved in breaking into the victim’s apartment and shooting her.  At the time of his arrest, the suspect was already in custody at the Linn County Jail on unrelated charges. The suspect has been charged with Murder in the First Degree and Burglary-First Degree.

There remains an ongoing investigation into this incident; therefore additional details are not available at this time.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Celebrate Earth Day in Iowa City with several great events

The City of Iowa City is proud to be a part of several community events focused on promoting Earth Day and environmental sustainability. All of the events listed below are free and open to the public.


A flyer promoting the age of consequences

An Earth Day Documentary Screening

Attend a free environmental movie night with popcorn and treats at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Iowa City Public Library.

During the screening of "The Age of Consequences," there will be information and staff available to learn more about waste reduction and environmental protection opportunities in Iowa City. Take home a free kitchen compost container! Learn more. 


World Climate Simulation 

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center is hosting a World Climate Simulation event in celebration of Earth Week  from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Iowa City Public Library. There is no fee to participate, but attendees are asked to register online in advance. Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton will participate. Learn more.   

  World Climate Simulation logo

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UI Theme Semester 'Climate for Change' Clean Up Event

 

A stormwater clean up event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018, in celebration of Earth Day and the University of Iowa Theme Semester, Climate for Change. 

During the event, volunteers will remove invasive species along the Iowa River Trail. Meet at the west end of the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area Lodge parking lot, 579 McCollister Blvd. RSVP to the Iowa City Stormwater Volunteer Opportunities Facebook event page to sign up. Learn more.


Landfill Open House 

The public is invited to attend an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Ave. SW. 

Come learn about composting and recycling, as well as facility operations, equipment and more! Snacks will be included. Take home a free kitchen compost container. Learn more. 

 

  A flyer promoting the Landfill Open House

An image of a solar panel on a house.

Solar Power Hours 

Johnson County recently announced a new program called Solarize Johnson County, an opportunity for residents in all of Johnson County (including Iowa City!) and West Branch, to learn more about solar energy and potentially invest in it. 

The program will kick off at noon on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Johnson County Health and Human Services Building, Room 203B-C, 855 S. Dubuque St. It will run through August with more than 20 Solar Power Hours. Learn more. 

 


Old MacDonald’s Farm Opens April 25

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will open Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park for the season on Wednesday, April 25. Originally planned for April 23, the farm opening was delayed two days to allow for warmer overnight temperatures for the welfare of the baby animals. The farm, now a petting zoo, will be open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. through October 12. Admission is free, but a $1 minimum donation is recommended.

Old MacDonald’s Farm is home to farm animals and North American waterfowl. The baby animals will begin arriving April 23 and include calves, chickens, pygmy goats, lambs, rabbits, a tortoise, guinea pigs, rats, chicks and pigs. They will be out only during warm weather. The waterfowl exhibit will not open until the weather is warm enough to clean the ponds.

New this year is the “Growing Classroom” with the Linn County Master Gardeners. Hands-on workshops for all ages are being offered at the new gardens at the farm. The workshops cover everything one needs to know about gardening. They are offered twice per month usually on the third Monday and Saturday of each month. However, the dates for the April classes were changed to Monday, April 23 and Saturday, April 28 due to the cold weather. The workshops meet on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. – dusk and on Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. The fee per visit is only $2 per person or $5 per family and includes snacks from the garden. There is no fee for children age 2 and under. Advance registration is required. More information is available in the Play! guide online at CRREC.org.

Old MacDonald’s Farm visitors will enjoy four “free” events this year beginning Friday, May 18 with Movie Night at the Farm. The movie is How to Train your Dragon. In addition, farm tours, birthday parties and the following programs are available: Animals on the Farm; Be a Bee; Farmer for a Day; Creek Study and You; Fuzzy, Furry, Slimy, Scaly; Goat Yoga.

For more information about programs and events at the farm, see the Play! guide at www.crrec.org or call the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, 319-286-5566.


Forte, Hester to retire as Bears Monday

Former stars Devin Hester and Matt Forte will sign one-day contracts with the Bears Monday at Halas Hall and officially retire as members of the organization.

Both players were selected by the Bears in the second round of the NFL Draft—Hester in 2006 and Forte in 2008—and spent their first eight NFL seasons in Chicago.

Hester is considered by many to be the greatest return specialist in NFL history. During his career with the Bears, he became the league's all-time leader with 18 kick return touchdowns and 13 punt return TDs, was voted to three Pro Bowls, won 13 special teams player of the week awards and was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s.

via www.chicagobears.com


Opinion: Could Data-Driven Technology Lead the Trucking Industry to Nirvana?

The trucking industry has hit a few roadblocks in recent times. Driver shortages, increased competition from outside the industry and slow acceptance of technological advances are just a few of the hurdles that have brought stagnancy to our sector. The only way for us to overcome these challenges and spur growth is to innovate through collaboration — which is easier said than done, given the independent nature of the transportation and logistics industries.

via www.ttnews.com

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