UPDATE (12-11-17) - Mississippi Drive from Iowa Avenue west past Broadway Street was reopened to local traffic at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, wrapping up the majority of construction work for Phases I and II of the Mississippi Drive Reconstruction Project. The side streets and intersections at Iowa Avenue, Pine Street, and Linn Street were also reopened but Chestnut Street will remained closed at this time as construction continues on the Merrill Hotel & Conference Center.
Yet to be completed for Phase I and II are the installation of traffic lights at the Iowa Avenue intersection, installation of the street lights along the roadway, and removing the poles and overhead wires by Muscatine Power & Water (MPW). That work will not be completed until sometime in 2018 according to MPW. The installation of the traffic lights at the Iowa Avenue intersection, now tentatively scheduled for sometime in January, is the last hurdle to be cleared before the Iowa Avenue railroad crossing is reopened to traffic.
The timing of the railroad crossing is critical to Phase III of the Mississippi Drive Reconstruction Project since the Iowa Avenue crossing must be open before the Cedar Street crossing can be closed for reconstruction.
The Canadian Pacific Rail Road is currently working to replace the existing two signal arms with a total of four new cross arms plus updated hardware. That work is tentatively scheduled to be completed December 18. CP signal crews will then move down to the Cedar Street rail road crossing and begin the process of replacing those cross arms and equipment.
NEW FEATURE FOR MISSISSIPPI DRIVE ... BACK-IN ANGLE PARKING
Additional parking for downtown Muscatine becomes available when City officials reopen a portion of Mississippi Drive Friday (Dec. 8). Mississippi Drive has been closed from Sycamore to Broadway since May. The first two phases of the reconstruction project have been virtually completed and the City will allow local traffic on Mississippi Drive from Iowa Avenue west towards Carver Corner as the project shifts to phase III.
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Update (12/13/17) - Work began on Phase III of the Mississippi Drive Reconstruction Project on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, with the removal of the old pavement from Sycamore Street to Cedar Street. KE Flatworks anticipates that underground contractor KMA Excavating will be able to complete their portion of the work from Sycamore to Mulberry through the winter months. That will buy KE Flatworks some extra time next spring to complete the reconstruction on Phase III which may be dependent on any flooding that may occur.
Cedar and Walnut Street intersections with Mississippi Drive will remain open until the Iowa Avenue Canadian Pacific Rail Road crossing is reopened. Once that crossing is available, the Cedar Street crossing will be closed for reconstruction. Cedar Street and Walnut Street intersections will be closed as underground work progresses upriver from Sycamore Street. Mulberry Avenue will remain open to allow access to the HNI campus off of Mississippi Drive.
2nd/Mulberry Roundabout - The Iowa Department of Transportation is expected to give final Environmental Assessment (EA) clearance in December 2017 with the final design expected to be finalized in January 2018. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Summer 2018.
Phase IV - Second Street from Mulberry Avenue to the intersection with Iowa 92 to be completed by the end of November 2018. A traffic plan for the HNI campus is being developed and will be publicized when completed.