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Release: Immediate

Radio tower removal to close section of Capitol Street Oct. 6-8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Motorists will need to find an alternate route around Capitol Street, between Burlington and Washington Streets, Oct. 6-8 when the street will be closed during the removal of the radio tower from the roof of the Engineering Building.

The tower is being removed as a part of the 92-year-old building's four-year, $29 million modernization project, scheduled for completion in 2001. Plans call for the use of a crane to remove the tower. If weather conditions are favorable for outdoor work, the removal time may be reduced.

Dennis Reese, WSUI/KSUI program director, said that the tower is something of a historic landmark because it has been located atop the Engineering Building since the early 1920s. Until about three weeks ago, the tower served as a studio transmitter link to relay the signals of station KSUI-FM north of West Branch. In 1940 WSUI-AM switched to its current system -- three towers (two of which were blown down during last June's storm) located on Mormon Trek Boulevard.