Crews are working on clearing trees in late March in preparation for two upcoming projects:
South of Oakdale Boulevard
On the south side of Oakdale Blvd, just east of the bridge over Muddy Creek (east of Wickham), tree clearing is in preparation for a streambank restoration project following the collapse of the streambank in 2016. The streambank needs to be repaired to protect Oakdale Boulevard from future damage.
East of 1st Avenue & 6th Street Intersection
Crews are clearing trees just east of the 1st Avenue/6th Street intersection. This clearing is in preparation for placement of fill in summer or fall 2017 for the future extension of E. 2nd Avenue to 1st Avenue, which will create a new 4-way signalized intersection with 6th Street. Although 1st Avenue reconstruction does not start until spring 2018, earthmoving in the southerly half of the Iowa River Landing will begin in mid-2017.
Why clear the trees in the spring?
Tree clearing in both areas had to occur before April 1 to comply with Indiana Bat habitat regulations. The Indiana Bat is an endangered species found over most of the eastern half of the United States, including Iowa. Learn more about Indiana Bats at www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/inba/inbafctsht.html.
For questions regarding the streambank restoration project or the future extension of E. 2nd Avenue to 1st Avenue, please contact the Coralville Engineering Department at 319.248.1720.