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Road Construction - Sycamore Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, 2018, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Sycamore Street will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Highway 6 and Lehman Avenue.  This lane reduction will be a moving operation along Sycamore Street to accommodate tree trimming activities for MidAmerican Energy Company.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may be possible.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City,

Road Closure - Van Buren Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Thursday, October 18, 2018, College Street will be closed to through traffic from College Street to Burlington Street.  This closure will facilitate construction on a building in the area.  It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by the end of the day.

Motorists are to take note of this work and 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,

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Open House Meeting Notice – Tower Terrace Road Corridor Management Plan Update

The Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is in the process of updating the original Tower Terrace Road Corridor Management Plan. As part of this update, an open house will be held Tuesday, October 30 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. to provide information and gather feedback from the public. 

Open House: Tower Terrace Road Corridor Management Plan Update

Tuesday, October 30, 2018; 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Hiawatha City Hall, 101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha

Meeting in the Community Center (Parking and access in the front of City Hall)

Open House format (come anytime), as well as identical presentations at 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Tower Terrace Road has been planned since the 1960s, and evidence of subdivision plats with right-of-way reservations occurred as early as 1977. Years later, this plan is starting to become reality with some roadway segments complete, some in the design process, and some in the planning process.  

The purpose of this plan is to revisit the goals and objectives identified in the 2010 plan to confirm their application to the current vision of the jurisdictions along the corridor. Additionally, this plan builds upon and supplements the work originally done for the Tower Terrace Road Corridor Management Plan, taking it to the next step to provide a more robust implementation plan. 

The implementation plan includes:

·         Phasing the corridor into financially manageable sized construction projects,

·         Developing conceptual plans and cost estimates for each project,

·         Assigning priority for each project,

·         Identifying funding sources, and

·         Developing an implementation schedule. 

This update involves many jurisdictions and agencies, including:

         City of Hiawatha

         City of Robins

         City of Cedar Rapids

         Linn County

         City of Marion

                •         Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT)

Public participation is an important component of this process because it provides an opportunity for the community and interested stakeholders to help identify what is important to them and share ideas for improvements. Comments submitted from the meeting will be incorporated into the Tower Terrace Road Corridor Management Plan Update. In addition to the two identical presentations, staff and consultants will be located at stations with project information and be available to answer questions and hear feedback. 

More information is available at the Corridor MPO’s Facebook Event page.

6th Street SW Lane Reduction

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Beginning Wednesday, October 17, 6th Street SW between Wilson Avenue and 27th Avenue will be reduced to one lane each direction for water main repair. 27th Ave will also be closed east of 6th Street, for water valve installation.

Work is anticipated to take approximately one week to complete, weather permitting.

Police Requesting Assistance Identifying Theft Suspect

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA –The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of a theft suspect.  The suspect allegedly used a credit card to make fraudulent withdrawals from automated teller machines in southwest Cedar Rapids.

The suspect is pictured in the attached surveillance photographs.

Citizens who can identify the individual in the surveillance photographs are encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5756 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.  You can continue to trade information with an investigator.  Text STOP to opt out at any time.  Please reference case #2018-13807.

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.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation awarded $200k REAP grant

Iowa City Parks and Recreation has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. This is the second REAP grant Iowa City Parks and Recreation has recently received for Hickory Hill Park. Funds will be used for continued improvement of the natural areas in Hickory Hill Park.

REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. Fifteen percent of REAP funds are set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.


“We appreciate the continued support of the state REAP grant funding to help with the ecological restoration of Hickory Hill Park,” Parks and Recreation Director Juli Seydell Johnson said. “This park is a natural gem for our community, and these funds enable us to build on the continuous restoration efforts of ICPR staff and the Friends of Hickory Hill Park." 

In its 29 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting over 15,500 projects. REAP has funded these projects with $280 million in state investments—leveraging two to three times the amount in private, local and federal dollars. Collectively, these projects have improved the quality of life for all Iowans with better soil and water quality; added outdoor recreation opportunities; sustained economic development; enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures. Johnson County alone has benefited from these funds to the tune of almost $9 million.

For more information about the planned improvements for Hickory Hill Park, contact Juli Seydell Johnson at




Hickory Hill


Coralville Transit Layover Change of UI Homecoming Parade

Due to road closures for the University of Iowa homecoming activities in downtown Iowa City, Coralville Transit will not serve the following stops all day on Friday, October 19, 2018:

  • Downtown Iowa City interchange (stop #0001)
  • Iowa Memorial Union (stop # 0125)
  • Macbride Hall (stop # 0120)

All routes will be diverted to E. Court Street between Clinton and Capitol Streets in Iowa City for layovers. No other stops are scheduled to be affected. Service delays are anticipated, and any changes to service will be posted on

Route changes, road closures, and traffic delays will make predicted bus arrival times on Bus on the Go (Bongo, inaccurate on October 19, however, the real-time maps on Bongo with actual bus locations will be accurate and should be used to locate buses.

Normal transit service and Bongo operations will resume on Saturday, October 20. For more information, contact Coralville Transit at 319.248.1790.