IOWA CITY — Over the river and through the woods to City Park we go — or not.
The Park Road Bridge will close to both traffic and pedestrians beginning Monday from Dubuque Street to just west of Lower City Park and the East Hancher Access Drive.
The road is expected to be closed through mid-August to elevate the road and replace the bridge 1 foot above the 200-year flood level, according to a city news release.
The work is part of Iowa City’s Gateway Project, a flood-mitigation effort to raise Dubuque Street 10 feet, or 1 foot above the 100-year flood level.
Hancher Auditorium and City Park and its pool will remain open through the summer. Drivers should use Riverside Drive and Park Road from the west to access the facilities.
The bridge closure is planned for longer than first expected in order to speed up the overall Gateway Project to better prepare for RAGBRAI’s overnight stop.
Iowa City was selected as RAGBRAI’s last overnight stop, July 27, despite construction on Dubuque Street, a major artery into the downtown, and the Pedestrian Mall, a marquee feature of downtown.
Those on bicycles or on foot hoping to cross the Iowa River will be directed to the Hancher Pedestrian Bridge.
The Manville Heights bus route will be affected by the closure.
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City officials plan to run two routes during weekdays. All stops along Foster Road or Dubuque Street will be serviced, but a separate shuttle will transport Manville Heights/North Hospital riders.
Night and Saturday routes are expected to remain the same, according to the release. More information can be found at icgov.org/busschedules.
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