E. 9th Street
E. 9th Street Enhancements: 1st Avenue to Quarry Road
This project will enhance the E. 9th Street corridor with the addition of landscaped center medians, new north-south crosswalks, curb bump outs to establish parallel parking areas, completion of the brick paver streetscape along the south side of E. 9th Street, and conversion of the E. 9th Street & E. 2nd Avenue intersection into a four-leg roundabout.
The project will be completed in two phases.
Phase 1: Mid October-December 2019
Construction on this stretch of E. 9th Street includes
- Two raised center medians west of E. 2nd Avenue. The two medians will create a dedicated eastbound left turn lane onto Ponseti Way.
- Southerly halves of two north-south crosswalks.
- Curb bump outs and select brick paver replacement along the south side of E. 9th Street, east of E. 2nd Avenue, to better define the parallel parking stalls.
- New driveway just west of the current driveway used by both the Johnson County Historical Society and the Antique Car Museum of Iowa. The driveway will extend along the east side of Xtream Arena. The museum parking lot will connect to this driveway when it is complete.
Update: E. 7th Street Reopens
E. 7th Street between 1st Avenue and Quarry Road is open
Please note on the E. 7th Street roundabout:
- As with any roundabout, drivers must yield to their LEFT before entering a roundabout.
- Watch for construction traffic passing through this roundabout with material and equipment heading to and from the Arena project.
Phase I: Current & Upcoming Work*
Progress November 29-December 5:
- Completed paver installation and storm intake at the east end of the project.
Progress expected December 6-12, 2019, weather permitting:
- The curb ramp on the southwest side of the Quarry Rd. roundabout should be poured on December 6, so we will have a pedestrian path around the entire roundabout through winter.
- Due to the favorable weather, we directed our contractor to finish two small brick paver tasks now instead of waiting until next spring:
- On December 6, the contractor will complete the removal and replacement of brick pavers to the west of the westerly center median. The new paver color will provide a visual extension of the center median for drivers turning from 1st Ave. onto E. 9th Street. This work will not require a lane closure and will be completed by 3:00 pm.
- On December 9, the contractor will complete the removal and replacement of a brick paver strip to the east of the westerly center median. The new paver color will create a solid lane line to separate the eastbound left turn and through lanes. The eastbound left turn lane will be closed when the contractor starts this work, but they will work from east to west and remove pylons as they go in order to re-open the dedicated left turn lane asap. The work will be completed by 3:00 pm.
- Late Monday or early Tuesday, remove temporary traffic control devices east of E. 2nd Avenue and re-establish two-way traffic with parallel parking stalls between E. 2nd Avenue and Quarry Road.
- The project is expected to enter winter shutdown on or before December 10. The overall project completion date is July 22, 2020.
Phase 1: Traffic Control
Some delays anticipated during peak traffic times
- E. 9th Street traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction with no on-street parking.
- Traffic runs head-to-head on the north half of E. 9th Street between Ponseti Way and Quarry Road.
- A short eastbound left turn lane is at Ponseti Way.
- There is a second westbound lane from 1st Avenue back to Ponseti Way to separate the westbound right and thru/left turn lanes
- A STOP sign on westbound E. 9th Street at Ponseti Way minimizes the possibility of eastbound traffic backing up into 1st Avenue.
- The 1st Avenue & E. 9th Street traffic signal runs with separate eastbound (Kum & Go side) and westbound (Iowa River Landing side) movements. This allows westbound drivers exiting the Iowa River Landing to have a free-flow left turn onto southbound 1st Avenue.
- Extra green light time was given to the westbound E. 9th Street movement exiting the Iowa River Landing. This is monitored to avoid 1st Avenue backups into the I-80 ramps.
- E. 7th Street re-opened between 1st Avenue and Quarry Road on October 24. It is the first time E. 7th Street has been fully open since June 2017. The E. 7th Street connection was expected to be available before starting the E. 9th Street project, but the wet September and early October stalled progress.
The Engineering, Streets, and Police Departments monitor traffic in the afternoon and early evening.
From November 23, 2019, until April 1, 2020, all lanes on E. 9th Street are scheduled to be open.
Phase 2: April 1, 2020, to July 22, 2020
- Two raised center medians east of E. 2nd Avenue.
- Remainder of north-south crosswalks.
- Curb bump outs and select brick paver replacement along the north side of E. 9th Street, east of E. 2nd Avenue, to better define the parallel parking stalls.
- Pedestrian streetscape (brick pavers, street trees, etc.) along entire south side of E. 9th Street to mirror the existing north side streetscape.
- Roundabout at E. 9th Street & E. 2nd Avenue.
- E. 9th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Ponseti Way and Quarry Road with NO on-street parking east of E. 2nd Avenue until early July.
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