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-November 22, 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.
Traffic control during Phase 1
  • E. 9th Street traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction with no on-street parking.
  • Traffic will run head-to-head on the north half of E. 9th Street between Ponseti Way and Quarry Road. 
  • A short eastbound left turn lane will be provided at Ponseti Way. 
  • A new STOP sign will be installed on westbound E. 9th Street at Ponseti Way to minimize the possibility of eastbound traffic backing up into 1st Avenue.

The following changes were made to traffic control on E. 9th Street on October 15 to aid traffic flow and reduce traffic delays during construction:

  1. Re-opened the second westbound lane from 1st Avenue back to Ponseti Way to separate the westbound right and thru/left turn lanes. 
  2. Modified the 1st Avenue & E. 9th Street traffic signal to run the eastbound (Kum & Go side) and westbound (Iowa River Landing side) movements separate from each other. This allows westbound drivers exiting the Iowa River Landing to have a free-flow left turn onto southbound 1st Avenue.
  3. Increased the amount of green light time given to the westbound E. 9th Street movement exiting the Iowa River Landing. This will be monitored closely to avoid 1st Avenue backups into the I-80 ramps.
  4. Work is underway to pave the missing section of E. 7th Street so E. 7th Street can fully re-open between 1st Avenue and Quarry Road for the first time 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 will continue to monitor traffic in the afternoon and early evening.  

Winter Shutdown


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


Work includes
  • 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.
Traffic control during Phase 2
  • 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.


Stay Informed


  1. Construction Begins on E. 9th Street Improvements in the Iowa River Landing

    Lane reductions are scheduled from October 14-November 22 Read on...
  2. Iowa River Trail Closure

    Trail between the Iowa River Power Restaurant parking lot & E. 7th Street/Quarry Road intersection closed until further notice Read on...
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