E. 9th Street

E. 9th Street Improvements: 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 (Complete)


Construction on this stretch of E. 9th Street included:
  • Two raised center medians west of E. 2nd Avenue to 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 extends along the east side of Xtream Arena. The museum parking lot will connect to this driveway.

Decorative paver bands, E 9th St. & E 2nd Ave. (Sept. 11, 2020)

Decorative paver bands SE side of roundabout

E. 9th St., center median landscaping (Aug. 21, 2020)

Center median landscaping on E. 9th St.

Phase 2: March-August 2020


Work includes:
  • Two raised center medians east of E. 2nd Avenue.
  • Additional 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 establish parallel parking areas and shorten crosswalk distances.
  • Pedestrian streetscape (brick pavers, street trees, etc.) along the south side of E. 9th Street to mirror the existing north side streetscape.
  • Roundabout at E. 9th Street & E. 2nd Avenue.
Progress August September 4-11, 2020:  
  • Completed the three decorative paver bands on SE side of roundabout between back of curb and bollards.
  • Completed final ADA curb ramp on south leg of roundabout. The pedestrian path along the south side of E. 9th Street is open from 1st Avenue to Quarry Road. All north-south crosswalks along E. 9th Street are open.
Progress expected the week of September 14, weather permitting:
  • Complete brick pavers in splitter island on north leg of roundabout by noon Monday. This will require a short duration closure of the eastbound left turn and westbound right turn onto northbound E. 2nd Avenue.
  • On Tuesday, the remaining capstones will be installed on the lower wall of the roundabout central island. This work was delayed due to a manufacturing error with some of the capstones delivered to the site. This will require a short duration closure of the eastbound left turn onto northbound E. 2nd Avenue as the capstones are set in place.
  • If the dry forecast holds, most of the landscaping should be complete by Thursday.
  • Install decorative railings at each tree planter.
Looking ahead:
  • Project punch list items will be addressed over the next couple of weeks. 
  • The E. 2nd Avenue connection between E. 7th Street and E. 9th Street will open to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic in November. The south end of the project between E. 7th Street and the TrueNorth Plaza is now open to traffic and provides public access to the GreenState Family Fieldhouse. Landscaping for the south end will be completed over the next two weeks. The street is paved for the north end of the project, but the brick pavers for the street and the full east side streetscape (brick paver sidewalk, stormwater planters, lighting, etc.) are on hold until work on the west side of the Staybridge Suites project is substantially complete. Landscaping for the north end will be completed in spring 2021. 

Another route into the Iowa River Landing

E. 7th Street between 1st Avenue & Quarry Road
  • 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.
E 7th St with Construction Traffic Only north and south of E. 2nd Ave


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