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Road Closure - Friendship Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Friday May 25, 2018, Friendship Street will be closed to through traffic from Court Street to Brookside Drive.  A detour route will be posted utilizing Kenwood Drive and Court Street and access to all residences will be maintained.  This closure will allow for the installation of speed humps along Friendship Drive between Court Street and Brookside Drive.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day.

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

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City,

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.

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.


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,

Road Construction - Burlington Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, lanes of traffic on Burlington Street, between Capitol Street and Dubuque Street, will be shifted in each direction which will result in lane reductions.  These changes are necessary to accommodate the installation of water main and street pavement replacement in connection with the Burlington Street and Clinton Street Intersection Improvement Project. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Friday, June 15th. 

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,

Memorial Day schedule announced for City of Iowa City

City Hall and other City of Iowa City offices will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018, for Memorial Day. 

Other holiday closures or schedule adjustments are as follows:

Airport: Office closed. Jet Air (FBO) will operate regular hours. Details at

Animal Care and Adoption Center: Closed.

Oakland Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery: Office closed on Memorial Day. Decorations can be placed on gravesides on or after May 24. All decorations must be picked up by June 3.

Memorial Day services scheduled in the Iowa City area:

  • 8:30 a.m., Ceremony at the foot bridge adjacent to Iowa River Power Company, 501 1st Ave., Coralville, in memory of soldiers and sailors lost at sea. Note the location change due to construction of the Park Road Bridge. 
  • 9:30 a.m., Service at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) lot, located at the flag pole near the Brown Street entrance.
  • 11 a.m., Service at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 2600 Muscatine Avenue. 

Landfill: Closed.

Library: Closed.

Parking: Public parking ramps will be open, but cashier attendants will not be on duty. Fees will not be charged at ramps or street meters on Memorial Day.

Parks & Recreation: The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center and Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym facilities will be open 6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Administrative offices will be closed.

  • Opening day for City Park pool and the Wetherby, Fairmeadows, and Tower Court park splash features is Saturday, June 2.


Police: Normal operations. Records and administrative offices closed.

Senior Center: Closed. Senior meals will not be served or delivered.

Trash & Recycling: Garbage, recycling, and yard waste will not be collected on Memorial Day. Residents on the Monday route should have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, although the City cannot determine exactly when items will be collected. Residents whose pick-up days are Tuesday through Friday should follow their normal schedule.

Transit: Closed. City buses will not operate on Memorial Day.

Water: Closed. In case of a water emergency, call the 24-hour emergency line at 319-356-5166.

Normal City operations will resume on Tuesday, May 29. 

For more information, contact Shannon McMahon, Communications Coordinator, at 319-356-5058.

Video Update: Family Sports Night, Art Contest and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include a Family Sports Night, a kids art contest for RAGBRAI, and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Iowa City Update

Family Sports Night

Learn how you can participate in this fun event at Wetherby Park.

RAGBRAI Kids Art Contest

Young artists have the chance to submit work for this bike themed contest, which offers a cash prize to the statewide winner.

Memorial Day Services

Watch to learn about Memorial Day services being held in Iowa City, as well as how the holiday will impact City services.

Yard Sign Rules

Figure out the two places that you aren’t allowed to place signs in your yard.

Meet the Candidates

Before you head to the polls for Iowa’s Primary Election, get informed on the issues by visiting this hub for election information.

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