Dubuque Street traffic pattern changing

Drivers to use elevated portion of road Wednesday

Work continues the Iowa City Gateway Project as crews work on raising Dubuque Street by 10 feet in Iowa City on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Work continues the Iowa City Gateway Project as crews work on raising Dubuque Street by 10 feet in Iowa City on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Vehicles will begin driving on an elevated portion of Dubuque Street Wednesday.

Beginning at 6 a.m., drivers will use the newly paved and elevated southbound lanes on Dubuque Street, between Foster Road and Mayflower Residence Hall, then switch back to the northbound lanes between the residence hall and Park Road.

“The crossover will be just like what everyone saw last year where we were switching between north and southbound lanes, it will just have a change in elevation,” said Melissa Clow, special project administrator for the city of Iowa City.

Pedestrians should also take note of the change. The traffic changeover will route them on the new Iowa River Trail between Foster Road and the temporary traffic signals north of Mayflower, where they will cross Dubuque Street. They will then follow a new, temporary sidewalk in the median behind the southbound curb to the current pedestrian route south of Mayflower.

The work is part of the Iowa City Gateway Project, a flood mitigation effort that is elevating Dubuque Street while raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge.

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