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August 17, 2009

At A Glance

UI to hold public forum on new pre-disaster mitigation plan Aug. 25

The UI Department of Risk Management will hold a public forum to review its new pre-disaster mitigation plan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, in the Indiana Room of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. After the June 2008 flood on campus, the UI, as advised by Iowa Homeland Security, drafted a mitigation plan to be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. On approval, the UI is eligible to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds.  The draft Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan is available to view online at

Burlington Street pedestrian bridge to remain closed into September

Reopening of the Burlington Street pedestrian bridge, currently being renovated by the City of Iowa City Public Works Department, will be delayed into September. The east-west leg of the bridge across Highway 6 is now scheduled to reopen Friday, Sept. 4. The north-south leg across Grand Avenue will remain closed until mid-September. Pedestrians are directed to an at-grade crossing on the north side of Burlington Street with pedestrian signals provided, but university officials strongly encourage the use of the Iowa Avenue pedestrian bridge as an alternate route whenever possible. The bridge was originally scheduled to reopen in mid-August. The project includes replacement of the concrete deck, repair of the handrails and other repairs.


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