The Park Road Bridge near Hancher Auditorium, which connects Park Road to North Dubuque Street, will close this summer from May 14 to Aug. 17, according to a release from the city of Iowa City. Drivers who use the bridge will need to seek alternate routes and allow for extra travel time as delays will occur.
The closure is part of Iowa City’s Gateway Project, a construction effort to replace the Park Road Bridge and elevate North Dubuque Street by 10 feet. Designed to reduce traffic problems resulting from flooding, the project began in May 2016 and the city anticipates it to be complete this year.
To maintain service during the closure, University of Iowa Parking and Transportation will adjust CAMBUS routes and schedules beginning May 12.
Access to Hancher Auditorium, Upper and Lower City Parks, and City Park Pool will remain open. The city of Iowa City advises drivers to use Riverside Drive and Park Road from the west. The East Hancher Access Road is expected to be closed until July 24.
Access to Mayflower Residence Hall, as well as homes and apartments adjacent to North Dubuque Street, will be maintained through the remaining construction.
Pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the Iowa River will be detoured to the Hancher Pedestrian Bridge.