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Chilled water project closes part of intersection at Jefferson and Clinton

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa construction project will close part of the intersection of Jefferson and Clinton streets beginning Wednesday, Jan. 15, and continuing for about seven days, weather permitting.

The project, which began last month, involves laying pipe beneath Jefferson Street and Dubuque Street to extend the University's chilled water system to provide air-conditioning to a new building and restore air conditioning to an existing university building.

With this new phase of construction, Jefferson Street will remain one lane east-bound from the Anne Cleary Walkway through the Clinton Street intersection. At the intersection with Jefferson, Clinton Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic north-bound and one lane south-bound.

The project is designed to provide chilled water for a new building that will expand space for the department of biological sciences. That building, which will be located northeast of Dubuque St. and Iowa Ave., is in the planning stages, with construction anticipated to begin late next summer. However, the chilled water project's schedule has been advanced to restore air conditioning to the existing Biology Building, where air conditioning equipment failed earlier this year. Linking that building to the University's chilled water system was deemed more cost effective than repairing or replacing the failed equipment.