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Construction and Traffic Updates

Posted on: October 22, 2018

1st Avenue Traffic Shifts to New West Half


Beginning after the morning rush hour on Wednesday, October 24, head-to-head traffic will be shifted onto the new west half of 1st Avenue through the entire project corridor from 6th Street to 9th Street. The traffic shift will occur gradually over several hours and should be complete before the late afternoon rush hour. This will clear the way for reconstructing the remainder of the east half of 1st Avenue from 6th Street to 9th Street.

Pedestrians will be able to use the new sidewalk along the west side of 1st Avenue, except between Pipeline Rd and the southerly Days Inn driveway where retaining wall construction is ongoing. A pedestrian corridor will be provided around the retaining wall work zone using concrete barriers against vehicular traffic and orange plastic barriers against the work zone.

Drivers should take it slow through the project corridor and please keep an eye out for pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction workers!

About the Project

The 1st Avenue project has a substantial completion date of November 30, 2018. When complete, the 1st Avenue improvements project will feature:

  • Four through lanes and a continuous center turn lane
  • 10 foot wide sidewalks on both sides of 1st Avenue
  • Upgraded traffic signals at the E. 7th Street intersection
  • New four-leg intersection with traffic signals at 6th Street, with the fourth leg providing a future connection to E. 2nd Avenue in the Iowa River Landing
  • New public utilities (storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water main)
  • New roadway lighting and streetscaping

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