Coral Ridge Avenue Improvements

Coral Ridge Avenue Improvements: Oakdale Boulevard to Forevergreen Road

Coral Ridge Avenue from Oakdale Boulevard to Forevergreen Road is undergoing total reconstruction in 2018. This is the final section of Coral Ridge Avenue that needs to be improved.


After work is complete, this widened one mile stretch of Coral Ridge Avenue will feature:
  • Four lanes (widened from the current two lanes), with a raised center median and dedicated turn lanes at all intersections
  • Upgraded traffic signals at both Oakdale Boulevard and Forevergreen Road
  • New traffic signals at both University Parkway and Wheaton Road
  • New pedestrian tunnel just north of Oakdale Boulevard
  • New 10' trail along the west side of Coral Ridge Avenue
  • New storm sewer system and stormwater quality enhancements
  • Roadway lighting and landscaping
Coral Ridge Ave Improvements

Contact Us

  1. Dan Holderness

    City Engineer

    Scott Larson

    Assistant City Engineer

    1512 7th St.
    P.O. Box 5127
    Coralville, IA  52241

    Ph: 319.248.1720
    Fx: 319.248.1894

    Staff Directory


  • Bid in January 2018
  • Low bid: $8,451,528.03 (Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck, Iowa)
  • Funding: The Iowa Department of Transportation is contributing $1.7 million, with the balance coming from local funds and assessments. The City of North Liberty is also contributing funds since a portion of the project is located within North Liberty.


  • Start:  March 2018
  • Estimated completion: December 2018, weather permitting (driving lanes, trail, and traffic signals)
  • Landscaping and final work: Spring 2019, weather permitting

Traffic Impact on Coral Ridge Avenue

  • There are traffic delays
  • One lane of traffic is maintained in each direction through the project corridor
  • Detour (mid-May through mid-November): Coral Ridge Avenue traffic detours using Oakdale Boulevard, Crosspark Road, and Wheaton Road to give the contractor full access to this section of the roadway. This temporary closure speeds up the project timeline.
  • Access to businesses is maintained at all times
  • Pedestrian access is maintained using temporary surfacing and channelizing barriers


Current & Upcoming Work*

Work completed the week of October 8:
  • Completed additional mainline Coral Ridge Avenue paving to the crosswalk on the north leg of Oakdale Boulevard (see image). 
  • Installed the four traffic signal mast arms at Coral Ridge Avenue & Oakdale Boulevard and started installing traffic signal heads.
  • Installed new roadway lighting along Oakdale Boulevard between Coral Ridge Avenue and Coral Court.
  • Continued pouring concrete banding ledges within the raised medians on Coral Ridge Avenue north of Oakdale Boulevard.  
  • Completed installation of fall protection railings on the pedestrian underpass tunnel wingwalls.  On Friday, crews will begin installing fall protection railings along the modular block retaining walls near the pedestrian underpass tunnel just north of the Holiday Road/Heartland Drive intersection (constructed with previous Coral Ridge Avenue project). 
  • Continued pouring storm sewer intake throats along northbound Coral Ridge Avenue between Oakdale Boulevard and University Parkway.
  • Continued electrical work at Coral Ridge Avenue & University Parkway.
  • Linn County REC began their work at Forevergreen Road that will move the overhead utilities at the intersection underground.
Work expected the week of October 15:
  • Continue turn lane and side street paving connections to the mainline paving. 
  • Begin work on the NE and NW corner areas and the east-west crosswalk at Coral Ridge Avenue & Oakdale Boulevard.  These areas need to be available to pedestrians before vehicular traffic can be moved onto Coral Ridge Avenue between Oakdale Boulevard & Wheaton Road (see “Looking ahead” below).
  • Continue concrete banding within raised medians.
  • Complete mainline paving of northbound Coral Ridge Ave between Wheaton Road and Forevergreen Road (Segment C-1).  Note: This paving operation will require diverting the northbound Crosspark Road detour traffic all the way north to Forevergreen Road for one full day, most likely Thursday.  The southbound detour route would remain the same and the northbound detour route would revert back to Wheaton Road as soon as paving equipment is removed from the current northbound lane of Coral Ridge Ave.  A press release will be issued early next week when the day is confirmed. 
  • Continue roadway lighting foundations along entire project corridor. 
  • Complete traffic signal setup at Coral Ridge Avenue & Oakdale Boulevard. 
Looking ahead:
  • Schedule update: substantial completion of Segment B-2 is expected the week of October 22:
    • If it goes as planned, Coral Ridge Avenue detour traffic will move onto the new paving between Oakdale Boulevard and Wheaton Road the week of October 22 and then remove the signed detour route. There would be only one lane northbound and one lane southbound on Coral Ridge Avenue, so contractors can continue working from the other lanes. 
    • Northbound Coral Ridge Avenue traffic would shift back to the west half of the road at Wheaton Road while paving work continues on the east half up to Forevergreen Road. 
  • The project is scheduled for substantial completion in mid-November.
*Updated October 11, 2018
CRA paving update 2018-10-11

Lane Closures/ Traffic Changes 

Coral Ridge Avenue traffic detours using Oakdale Boulevard, Crosspark Road, and Wheaton Road (May 14 until late October/early November).
Coral Ridge Ave Detour
Detour route:
  • Coral Ridge Ave traffic detours through the project corridor using Oakdale Boulevard, Crosspark Road, and Wheaton Road.
Intersection information & traffic patterns:
  • Coral Ridge Avenue & Oakdale Boulevard:
    • The Coral Ridge Avenue/Oakdale Boulevard intersection is a temporary T-intersection.  
    • Northbound Coral Ridge Avenue drivers approaching Oakdale Boulevard can turn left onto westbound Oakdale Boulevard using the dedicated left turn lane, and turn right onto eastbound Oakdale Boulevard (UI Research Park) using the dedicated right turn lane to follow the detour route. 
  • Oakdale Boulevard & Crosspark Road:
    • The pavement widening that occurred earlier in the project on the northeast corner of Oakdale Boulevard & Crosspark Road provides a southbound Crosspark Road dedicated right turn lane, a southbound thru/left turn lane, and a northbound lane. 
    • Temporary traffic signals, including pedestrian phases, are at Oakdale Boulevard & Crosspark Road.  Southbound Crosspark Road traffic turning right onto westbound Oakdale Boulevard has a free flow right turn movement, except during pedestrian signal phases.  This turning traffic merges quickly into the adjacent westbound lane of Oakdale Boulevard heading toward Coral Ridge Avenue.  
  • Crosspark Road & University Parkway:
    • Crosspark Road & University Parkway is a temporary T-intersection (west leg of University Parkway closed). Stop signs on Crosspark Road are removed; north-south traffic is free flow. Stop signs are added to westbound University Parkway.
  • Wheaton Road:
    • Wheaton Road runs east-west between Coral Ridge Avenue and Crosspark Road, halfway between University Parkway and Forevergreen Road.  
  • Crosspark Road & Wheaton Road intsersection signage has been changed:
    • Northbound Crosspark Road approaching Wheaton Road can make a free flow left turn onto westbound Wheaton Road (following the detour route) or continue straight on northbound Crosspark Road toward Dunn Brothers Coffee, Hy-Vee Gas Station, etc.  
    • Southbound Crosspark Road approaching Wheaton Road has to stop at the intersection.  
    • Eastbound Wheaton Road approaching Crosspark Road (following the detour route) has a free flow right turn onto southbound Crosspark Road and is prohibited from turning left onto northbound Crosspark Road.  
  • Coral Ridge Avenue & Forevergreen Road:
    • Northbound Coral Ridge Ave approaching the Forevergreen Road traffic signals have the left/through/right movements combined into a single lane. Since a single northbound left turning vehicle creates an instant backup, the northbound Coral Ridge Avenue and southbound Ranshaw Way (Hwy 965) movements are split into separate signal phases.  
  • Access to all businesses in the project corridor, including along the detour route, is maintained.  Left turns in or out of driveways along the detour route can be difficult during peak traffic times.  If possible, alter your route so you can make rights in or out of driveways, or adjust your schedule to avoid peak traffic times.  
  • The westerly driveway to Grand Rail remains open.

Merging Traffic

How to Merge Efficiently on Coral Ridge Avenue

When traffic is slow and heavy, merging too early can create traffic backups. During peak traffic times on Coral Ridge Avenue, using a "zipper merge" can keep traffic moving and reduce traffic backups.

A "zipper merge" is when drivers use both lanes of traffic until they reach the defined merge area, and then alternate in "zipper" style into the open lane. This maximizes road space, reduces congestion, and allows both lanes to move at similar speeds.

How to "Zipper Merge"
  1. Watch for signs giving drivers notice that there is a merge ahead
  2. Stay in your lane up to the point of merge
  3. Take turns with drivers to safely ease into the remaining lane
  4. Always merge when it is safe

Merging FAQs

When is it best to use the zipper merge?

When traffic is congested and traveling at slower speeds, it is best to remain in your lane until the point where traffic can take turns merging, which is indicated by a "BEGIN MERGE" sign.

When is it best to merge early?
When traffic conditions are light and vehicles are traveling at highway speeds, it is best to merge as soon as safely possible.

Zipper Merge Resources

Take Turns sign

Pre-Project Planning

Duct Banks

In anticipation of the 
project, underground duct banks were proactively constructed in 2017. These duct banks provided places for the private utilities companies to relocate their overhead and underground facilities to be out of the way before the 2018 improvement projects. The duct banks should minimize delays caused by private utility relocations, which can be common during street projects.

Stay Informed

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