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August 2018

O Avenue NW Full Closure at Edgewood Road Sept 6

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Pending weather, O Avenue and Rogers Road is tentatively scheduled to be fully closed east and west of Edgewood Road starting on Thursday, September 6, for approximately 4 weeks. Edgewood Road will remain open but with lane reductions. Additional notification will be sent next week to confirm the date.

The closure is part of the multi-use trail being installed on the east side of Edgewood Road between O Avenue NW and Ellis Road. The work taking place at O Avenue includes traffic signal and sidewalk/ADA improvements for trail access.

Road Closure - Bloomington Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Bloomington Street will be closed to through traffic east of its intersection with Governor Street. This closure will facilitate storm sewer intake and piping installation as a part of the Asphalt Resurfacing 2018 project. It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 12th.       

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,

Dubuque Street to convert one-way after Hawkeye games

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

1st Avenue Downtown Lane Restrictions

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Tuesday, September 4, eastbound traffic on 1st Avenue E will be reduced to one lane between 1st Street and 2nd Street SE, for removal of a construction crane. Work is expected to take four (4) days, weather permitting. Traffic may experience delays and should seek alternative routes.

Most City Offices Closed Labor Day (Sept 3)

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Most City offices will be closed that day.

The following City services will continue to operate as indicated below:

  • Fire Department

Responding to emergencies.  Administration and Fire Marshal’s offices closed.

  • Golf Department

Offices closed. All courses open sunrise to sundown.

  • Library                      
    Both Library locations closed Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3
  • Police Department

Administrative Offices closed.  Non-emergency should call 319-286-5491

  • Solid Waste & Recycling        
    Garbage, yard waste and recycling will NOT be collected Monday.  Office closed.
  • Water Pollution Control

Operating as usual

The Solid Waste & Recycling Division will NOT be collecting garbage, yard waste, and recycling.  Monday collections will be Tuesday and all of the weekly collection routes will take place one day later.

Water Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is 319- 286-5910.

Public Works’ Sewer and Street Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is 319- 286-5826.

Traffic Control for the 2018 Downtown Farmers’ Market

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance will be holding The 2018 Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmer’s Market this Saturday, September 1, 2018, from (set-up time 5:00 a.m.) 7:30 a.m. to noon (tear down time 1:00 pm).  This year, the following streets will be utilized for the event:

  • 2nd Avenue SE from the alley between 1st Street SE and 2nd Street SE to the alley between 5th Street SE and 6th Street SE
  • 3rd Avenue SE from the alley between 1st Street SE and 2nd Street SE to the alley between 5th Street SE and 6th Street SE
  • 2nd Street SE from the alley between 1st Avenue SE and 2nd Avenue SE to the alley between 3rd Avenue SE and 4th Avenue SE
  • 3rd Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to the alley between 3rd Avenue SE and 4th Avenue SE
  • 5th Street SE from the alley between 1st Avenue SE and 2nd Avenue SE to the alley between 3rd Avenue SE and 4th Avenue SE

A “No Parking/Tow Away” zone will be enforced on these streets from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A. Guests of the market are encouraged to use the 4th Avenue, GTC, 5 Seasons or Convention Complex parking ramps located within a few blocks of the Market. For additional parking information, please visit Parking ramps are handicapped-accessible and market patrons with special needs are encouraged to use those areas.

Please see Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance for additional information.

Traffic Control for the NewBo Run

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Corridor Running will be holding a running event this Sunday, September 2, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The following streets will be closed for this event:

  • 2nd Street SE from 11th Avenue SE to 12th Avenue SE - 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. for staging area and race start
  • 12th Avenue SE up to Otis Road SE - 7:15 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. for race start
  • 12th Avenue SE from 3rd Street SE (inclusive) up to 4th Street SE - 7:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Please see the attached website for additional information:

Cubs vs. Braves - Game Recap

The first pinch-hit homer of La Stella's career tied a franchise record and carried the Chicago Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves in a matchup of NL division leaders Thursday night.

"I don't get to play much," said La Stella, who homered against the team he started with in the big leagues. "I definitely appreciate the opportunities when I get them."