Road Closure - Rohret Road

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018, Rohret Road will be closed to through traffic west of its intersection with Lake Shore Drive.  A detour route will be posted.  The closure is necessary to facilitate pavement improvements on Rohret Road.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of July.        

Motorists are to take note of this closure and seek an alternate route 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,

32nd Street Lane Reductions

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Starting on Monday, July 16, utility relocations and pavement repair will be taking place on 32nd Street NE in the vicinity of Center Point Road and Oakland Road. Motorists can anticipate traffic lanes to shift at the intersection of 32nd Street and Center Point Road for utility work, but eastbound and westbound traffic will remain open. Traffic traveling westbound on 32nd Street will be reduced to one lane at Oakland Road, for pavement repairs. Both projects are anticipated to be completed within three days. Traffic may experience delays and should seek alternate route

Affordable Housing Commission Accepting Applications

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids’ Affordable Housing Commission is accepting applications. Residents who have an interest in assuring families have access to safe and affordable housing in Cedar Rapids can apply online at, or by requesting an application from the Clerk’s Office by calling 319-286-5060. 

The purpose of the Affordable Housing Commission is to identify housing needs of low-to-moderate income citizens, recommend effective strategies and programs to meet area needs, and assist in implementing activities that support housing goals in Cedar Rapids.

The Commission will meet 3 to 4 times per year. Activities include: review tax credit applications received by the City, discuss opportunities to leverage resources based on local needs, and identify legislative issues that may include new trends or barriers to access programs.

Members shall be appointed by the Mayor and are subject to the approval of City Council. Initial members will be appointed for 1 to 3-year terms.

The application deadline is July 31, 2018

Update on Downtown Construction; Railroad Work Continues

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Union Pacific Railroad is in the process of installing new safety gates and crossing arms at the 4th Street railroad tracks on 4th Avenue SE and 5th Avenue SE downtown. Both avenues and the sidewalk will remain closed at the tracks while installation is underway.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library will remain accessible off 4th Avenue and 5th Street. Patrons can use the book drop-off lane available off 4th Avenue to access the parking lot behind the library. The 5th Street parking lot entrance is also available.

Railroad work at 4th and 5th Avenue is anticipated to be completed by late July/early August.  The intersection of 5th Avenue and 5th Street is anticipated to fully re-open by the end of July.

Later this summer, when pavement, pedestrian, and utility work is complete, 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue SE will be converted to two-way traffic between 3rd Street and 5th Street SE, creating a consistent two-way network from downtown to the Wellington Heights neighborhood.

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The Windshield: The ICPL Bookmobile Newsletter - July 2018

Meet the ICPL Bookmobile Staff: Paul Bethke


Learn more about the ICPL staff members who work on the Bookmobile! This month we talk to Paul Bethke.


Depending on the season the temperature can be quite hot or quite cold, and occasionally just right. Sometimes it can be quite busy, but usually it’s slow enough to spend time talking with regular users and familiar patrons, and among other topics of conversation, the opportunity often comes up to provide a reading or viewing recommendation. 


The consistent enthusiasm of our regular visitors and the look of wonder and excitement on the faces of those who board it for the first time. I love it when a patron finds something that isn’t available downtown, or something they were interested in but had forgotten about and how rediscovering it just makes their day. And I also like the vigorous waves we get from people as we cross their path while in transit to our next location; if I’m behind the wheel I always try to honk the horn as a way to say “Hi!” back. 


Last spring our regularly scheduled stop at the UI College of Medicine was made inaccessible by some major infrastructure work involving an HVAC system on top of one of the roofs. After driving around a bit hoping the access road would be open enough for us to get through, and then deciding that it just wasn’t going to happen during the allotted time, Tom (that day’s driver) and I decided that I should get out and walk our open sign up to our usual parking spot and see if anybody was waiting or would stop by. As it turned out, five people stopped by, three with returns, and hung out with me for a while to share a laugh about the situation. 


That, just like downtown, we offer a Hold and Inter Library Loan (ILL) pickup service. It’s something that more and more people are taking advantage of as it sure beats trying to find parking downtown.


Summer Reading Program on the Bookmobile


There's still time to register for the 2018 Summer Reading Program!

The first step is to sign-up at home or in-person on the Bookmobile. For those signing up at home who want to participate in the Summer Reading Program via the Bookmobile, choose “Bookmobile” as your branch when you register. So far, 14 babies, 114 kids, 6 teens and 22 adults have registered for the Summer Reading Program and listed the Bookmobile as their branch. Choosing the Bookmobile as your branch gives us an idea of how many prizes to stock on the Bookmobile, but we always carry extra so feel free to be flexible and pick up Summer Reading Program prizes at the most convenient location (downtown or on the Bookmobile) for you.

Not sure where to find us? In addition to our regular stops, we also have Stories in the Park on Monday (Willow Creek Park), Wednesday (Wetherby Park) and Friday (Mercer Park) mornings at 10:30 AM. These stops include regular Bookmobile service along with a Storytime program. Throughout the summer, for an extra special Stories in the Park Storytime, we'll feature local performers and musicians on some days. See page 2 of our Summer Reading Program Activity Guide for more information about these special performances.

Party in the Park with the Bookmobile!


For some extra summer fun, find the Bookmobile at Party in the Park programs on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each week, join the celebration at a different Iowa City park to hear live music, participate in kids crafts, see a fire truck, check out an item from the Bookmobile, and connect with friends and neighbors.

Here is July's Party in the Park schedule: 

July 12 at Mercer Park — 1317 Dover St.

Entertainment: Something in Your Teeth 

July 19 at Ned Ashton House  — 820 Park Rd.

Entertainment: Alex Gordon Hi-Fi 

July 26 at Calder Park (formerly Hickory Trail Park) —  2831 Hickory Trail

Entertainment: Marc & Brandi Janssen

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre performance at 5:30 p.m.


Follow that Bookmobile!

You never know what kind of adventure we'll have on the Bookmobile!

Recently, the Bookmobile parked at a scheduled stop, only to have a car immediately pull up beside it. The driver exited the car and said she had three young passengers who instructed her to "Follow that Bookmobile!" after they saw it on the road.

The youngsters quickly boarded the Bookmobile to look for books and movies they could take home. "I love all of the books," one child said.

Local youth to play ICPD in annual basketball game

Local junior high and senior school students will challenge member of the Iowa City Police Department to a friendly basketball game during the department's third annual “Do You See Me Now?” competition.

The game begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., and will be followed by a discussion and dinner, provided by the Police Department.

The event is part of Iowa City Parks and Recreation’s Teen Dynamics program, introduced to provide teens with opportunities for positive interaction, education, relationship building, and activities during summer break. The program is held Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. also at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. Enrollment for Teen Dynamics is open, ongoing and can be completed online. There is no fee to participate in the program, but a parent or guardian should accompany participants on the first evening they attend to fill out additional registration forms. 

For program details, contact Recreation Program Supervisor RaQuishia Harrington at or call 319-356-5228. For information about the basketball game contact Community Outreach Officer Henri Harper at or 319-356-5279.  

Soaring Cost of Trucking Threatens to Stoke US Inflation

The tightest trucking market in years is testing the limits of an otherwise well-conditioned U.S. economic expansion. It also is tinder for accelerating inflation should the capacity constraints spark moves by companies to pass on those higher delivery costs.

A shortage of drivers, new regulations and solid demand are driving up rates charged by trucking companies to haul loads over the country’s more than 46,000 miles of interstate highways. Combined with higher materials prices, partly due to the Trump administration’s tariffs, rising transportation costs are putting pressure on goods producers.


Related:  Trucking Jobs

Crews to continue fire hydrant flushing in Iowa City

The City of Iowa City Water Division is flushing water hydrants and conducting maintenance in neighborhoods and commercial areas throughout the rest of the summer. 

Fire hydrants are a crucial public safety component, providing water for fire protection, as well as to flush the municipal water system after a water main break or service work. Hydrants will be inspected and repaired to ensure reliability during emergencies.

As part of this process, rust from iron pipes may be released and can cause temporary tap water discoloration. If this happens, let the water run until it clears. Wash laundry in the evenings or weekends, as flushing will take place during between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have questions or concerns about this work contact the Water Division at 319-356-5166.  

To seet when hydrant flushing is happening in your neighborhood, visit and look for an alert on the homepage, or check for updates on Nextdoor