The intersection of Iowa Avenue and 2nd Street will be closed to traffic starting at 7 a.m. Monday, June 14, according to Muscatine Department of Public Works officials. The closure is tentatively scheduled to continue until July 26, weather permitting.
The removal and replacement of the pavement in the intersection along with installation of brick crosswalks is the next phase of the 2nd Street Streetscape Project that began in 2020 and will conclude this fall.
Traffic will be detoured using either Mississippi Drive or 3rd Street, and Chestnut or Sycamore streets. All businesses are open and accessible during construction work.
Patrons wanting access to businesses in the 100 block of West 2nd Street can enter that block from the Chestnut Street intersection.
Patrons wanting access to businesses in the 100 block of East 2nd Street can enter that block from the Sycamore Street intersection. There will not be any exit onto Iowa from either block during the intersection’s closure.
Residents and visitors are reminded that while parking is limited in the downtown area due to the construction activity, plenty of free parking is available on the riverfront inside Riverside Park, just a block away from the many shops and dining opportunities downtown.
KE Flatwork, Inc., the prime contractor for the project, is wrapping up work in the 100 block of East 2nd Street (Sycamore to Iowa), and plans to reopen that block to traffic by June 25 after paint stripping has been completed.
The final two blocks of the project are the 100 (Iowa to Chestnut) and 200 (Chestnut to Pine) blocks of West 2nd Street and are mostly sidewalk removal and replacement. Iowa to Chestnut is scheduled for July 26-August 23, and Chestnut to Pine for August 23-September 27. Each block will have one lane of traffic maintained while work in undertaken on the closed side of traffic.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and use caution when travelling through construction zones, obey traffic control devices, and be aware of workers. Use alternate routes when possible.
For more information on City of Muscatine construction projects click on CONSTRUCTION to visit the Department of Public Works Construction Projects page.