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University of Iowa News Release


April 2, 2007

Burlington Street Projects Complicate Eastbound Bridge Traffic In April, May

Three projects in the same area on the University of Iowa campus will require an alternating schedule of limited eastbound traffic on the Burlington Street Bridge during April and May. The south lane of the Burlington Street Bridge will be closed to traffic April 1-16. April 17-May 16, the south lane will be open and the north lane will be closed. Finally, May 17-29 the south lane will be closed again and the north lane reopened. After May 29, traffic will be restricted yet again near the Madison Street intersection.

The complicated schedule is the result of three necessary construction projects in the same area. The first, the Burlington Street Utilities Tunnel project, has been affecting travel on the bridge for the past year as contractors work to rehabilitate the old tunnel that crosses under Burlington near the bridge. Progress on that project was slowed by a non-university duct bank directly over the old tunnel.

The second project is one to replace the UI Power Plant's pump house. Work on this project requires a shutdown of select systems at the UI Power Plant, which can be done only when heating and cooling power demands are low, meaning the work will need to be done this spring during the Power Plants scheduled maintenance period. Because these projects require closing opposite east-bound lanes of the Burlington Street Bridge, UI Facilities Management worked closely with the two contractors, Miron Construction Co. of Cedar Rapids and Iowa Bridge and Culvert Co of Washington, to develop a schedule that would keep at least two lanes of this major thoroughfare open at all times.

During the UI Power Plant's pump house project, the sidewalk will be closed along entire south side of the Burlington Street bridge and the northeast corner of the Power Plant. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the sidewalk on north side of Burlington Street Bridge.

The third project, the Southeast Utilities Project, will also limit traffic at the Burlington and Madison street intersection, but will not begin until after the first two projects are completed, on or around May 29.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Chris Varo, Facilities Management, 319-335-5496,; Charles S. Drum, University News Services, 319-384-0048,