Construction Closures & Updates 

Public Information Meeting to discuss the proposed improvements of University Avenue in Waterloo

Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Waterloo Center for the Arts Schoitz Conference Room
225 Commercial Street, Waterloo, Iowa

The City of Waterloo is conducting a Public Information Meeting to discuss the status of the University Avenue Project and to present the preliminary design for improvements that are being considered. This project extends from Midway Drive to U.S. 63 in Waterloo, Iowa.

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting and express their opinions regarding the proposed project. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. with a brief presentation by Larry Wiele, with AECOM, at 5:30 p.m. Representatives from the City’s Engineering and Community Planning & Development Departments will be present at the meeting to assist with questions or concerns.

The meeting space is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you
require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify the Waterloo
Engineering Office using the contact listed below by August 14.

Jeff Bales, Associate Engineer
City of Waterloo
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Phone: 319.291.4312

University Avenue Reconstruction Project

It should be noted that all dates listed in this press release are tentative only and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or weather delays.

You may visit our website at for updates and maps. Click on the tab to the right of the search option in the upper right hand corner of the web site and select Quick Links and then select Construction Closures and Updates.


W. 9th St., closure from 3759 W. 9th St. to 3779 W. 9th Street is under construction. (W. 9th will be closed to through traffic between Park Lane and the San Marnan access road.)


W. 6th Street from Byron Ave. to Hawthorne Ave.; under construction.

Baltimore St. (Stage 1) from Easton Ave. to 1902/1908 Baltimore St

Baltimore St. from 1625/1628 Baltimore St. to Mitchell Ave. under construction.

Coachman Dr. from Carriage Hill Dr. to 1834 Coachman Dr. under constuction.

Denver Street from Hawthorne Ave. to Berch Ave. is under construction.

Kingbard Blvd. (Stage 2) from 432/433 Kingbard Bvld.  to 219/306 Kingbard Blvd. is under construction.

W. Parker Street from Longfellow Ave. to Burton Ave., Under Construction.

Randolph St. from  Grant Ave. to W. 9th St. under construction.

E. San Marnan Dr. Access Rd. (Stage 5) from 239 E. San Marnan to 255/267 E. San Marnan under construction.

Golden Valley (Stage 1) form Candlewick Rd. to 1638/1639 Golden Valley Dr. under construction.

Oakwood Dr. (Stage 1) fom Greenbrier Rd. to 1537 Oakwood Dr. under construction.

Mobile Street from Douglas St. to 1015 Mobile St. constuction begins August 14, 2018

Medina Rd. from W. Donald St. to Wakonda Dr constuction begins August 22, 2018


Idaho Street from Dubuque Rd. to MLK Jr. Drive is under construction.

Wilbur Ave. from Janney Ave.  to Falls Ave. Under Construction


Beginning Monday July 2, weather permitting, work to replace utilities and pavement on northbound
U.S. 63 in Waterloo will require closing Jefferson Street on both sides of northbound U.S. 63 in downtown Waterloo, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's New Hampton construction office.

Northbound U.S. 63 traffic will continue north one block to Commercial Street, west one block on Commercial and then north on U.S. 63/Mullan Avenue. Both U.S. 63 north- and southbound traffic will continue to use the southbound lanes in a head to head traffic pattern north of Commercial Street. This stage of the project is expected to continue until the end of July.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

For more information about this and other Iowa DOT construction projects in Black Hawk and Bremer counties, follow the Black Hawk and Bremer County Construction Facebook page at!BlackHawkBremerCo.

The latest traveler information is available anytime through our 511 system. Visit call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at; or download the free app to your mobile device.

To receive email or text alerts about traffic incidents, road closures, traffic delays, and other restrictions that affect this highway route or other routes you travel, the Iowa DOT offers the "Your 511" option on It's easy to subscribe to Your 511 and sign up to receive the email/text alerts. Visit for simple, step-by-step instructions.


1st Street is closed from Jefferson Street to Franklin Street. Northbound traffic is detoured to Mullan Avenue, which has been converted to a temporary two-way street. Commercial Street, between 1st and Mullan is closed. Jefferson Street and Franklin Street, between 1st and Mullan remain open.


Highway 63 between Franklin and Newell is closed.

This segment of Highway 63 is a two-year reconstruction project to build an overpass over the railroad  is expected to be closed until November of 2019. A segment from Franklin to Dane will be completed by the end of this summer. The new overpass segment, from Dane to Newell, will be constructed over two construction seasons – 2018 and 2019.

For the Overpass segment, during the first year of construction, work will mostly be below the level of the railroad and will include the removal of both the railroad bridge and pedestrian bridge and construction of a temporary railroad runaround to keep trains moving across the project site during construction. First year work will also include the installation of a groundwater suppression system and filling the remaining hole from the existing underpass. First year work across this segment requires the construction of extensive shoring or temporary supports to allow the contractor to work in the existing underpass. At the end of the 2018 construction season, the underpass hole will be filled, the trains will be running on a new railroad embankment.

The second year of construction will involve construction above the railroad including the building of overpass embankments with retaining walls, the constructing of a pedestrian tunnel crossing Highway 63, and the construction of a bridge structure crossing over the railroad. This railroad overpass segment of Highway 63 is expected to be completed and open to traffic in November, 2019.

During this project, U.S. 63 traffic will be detoured around the work zone using Airline Highway, Airport Boulevard, and U.S. 218. There is also a detour for local traffic using Conger St. to Broadway St. to Franklin St. to Mullan Avenue.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

University Avenue Reconstruction Project

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Contact Information
Jamie Knutson, P.E.,Interim City Engineer
City Hall 
715 Mulberry St. 
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Phone: (319) 291-4312
Fax: (319) 291-4262
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm