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IOWA CITY -- Prepare for traffic changes for Hawkeye home football games, beginning Sat., Sept. 1, 2018.

Park Road bridge will open to all vehicles and pedestrians at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. Dubuque Street will again temporarily convert to a one-way road, with two lanes of outbound traffic, after each September home Hawkeye Football game to accommodate heavy traffic leaving Iowa City.

Post Game Traffic and Access 

After the game, Dubuque Street will only allow northbound, one-way traffic between Foster and Park roads. There will be no southbound traffic between Foster and Park roads during this time. Law enforcement officers will determine how long to stay one-way depending on traffic levels. 

Drivers should instead use Highway 1/Dodge Street (Exit 246) to access Iowa City from I-80. Residents living north of Park Road who use Dubuque Street to access Iowa City will be directed north and will have to access Iowa City from Dodge Street/Highway 1, or other local roads.

Pre-Game Traffic and Access 

Pre-game traffic on Dubuque Street will remain as-is. Drivers should be prepared for delays and fans should plan to arrive early.

Drivers traveling into Iowa City from I-80 for home Hawkeye Football games are encouraged to use alternative routes like Dodge Street (Exit 246) and Coral Ridge Ave/Highway 6 (Exit 240), or ride the Hawkeye Express train, which departs from the James Street Depot, 2435 James St., Coralville. First Avenue in Coralville (Exit 242) is currently under construction and will continue to experience heavy traffic on home game days.


Iowa City Transit will run a special shuttle service for Saturday Manville Heights customers who need to get to and from the Peninsula neighborhood area during the temporary one-way conversion. 

Additionally, Westwinds and Oakcrest bus routes will also detour, and will not service areas near Kinnick Stadium or UIHC. 

Game Day Resources 

The Hawkeyes will take on Northern Illinois with kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Additional game day information can be found at

Project Updates

Weather permitting, it is expected that all lanes of traffic, and sidewalks  on Dubuque Street and on Park Road Bridge will open in approximately four to six weeks.

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project to raise Dubuque Street while also elevating and replacing the Park Road Bridge. To receive project updates, sign up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions, and follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter using #ICGateway. 

To learn more about the project, visit


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