E. 9th Street

E. 9th Street Improvements: 1st Avenue to Quarry Road

This project will enhance the E. 9th Street corridor with the addition of landscaped center medians, new north-south crosswalks, curb bump outs to establish parallel parking areas, completion of the brick paver streetscape along the south side of E. 9th Street, and conversion of the E. 9th Street & E. 2nd Avenue intersection into a four-leg roundabout.

The project will be completed in two phases.

Phase 1: Mid October-December 2019 (Complete)

Construction on this stretch of E. 9th Street included:
  • Two raised center medians west of E. 2nd Avenue to create a dedicated eastbound left turn lane onto Ponseti Way.
  • Southerly halves of two north-south crosswalks.
  • Curb bump outs and select brick paver replacement along the south side of E. 9th Street, east of E. 2nd Avenue, to better define the parallel parking stalls.
  • New driveway just west of the current driveway used by both the Johnson County Historical Society and the Antique Car Museum of Iowa. The driveway extends along the east side of Xtream Arena. The museum parking lot will connect to this driveway.

Phase 2: March-July 22, 2020

Work includes:
  • Two raised center medians east of E. 2nd Avenue.
  • Additional north-south crosswalks.
  • Curb bump outs and select brick paver replacement along the north side of E. 9th Street, east of E. 2nd Avenue, to establish parallel parking areas and shorten crosswalk distances.
  • Pedestrian streetscape (brick pavers, street trees, etc.) along the south side of E. 9th Street to mirror the existing north side streetscape.
  • Roundabout at E. 9th Street & E. 2nd Avenue.
Traffic control during Phase 2
  • E. 9th Street will have one lane open in each direction at all times between Ponseti Way and Quarry Road.
  • No on-street parking east of E. 2nd Avenue until early July.
  • Pedestrian access is provided along the north side of E. 9th Street.
  • Access to businesses and residences in the Iowa River Landing will be maintained.
Progress June 13-22, 2020:  
  • Completed concrete curbs and subslabs for Stage 2 and parts of Stage 3.
  • Completed brick pavers in the roundabout truck apron.
  • Completed patching in brick pavers around north half of roundabout.  
  • Completed communication duct bank along south side of E. 9th Street.
  • Poured concrete spread footing and built steel rebar cages for walls within roundabout central island.  
Progress expected the week of June 22, weather permitting:
  • Complete curb ramps on north side of E. 9th Street at Ponseti Way and E. 2nd Avenue.
  • Place amended soil in remainder of center medians/splitter islands on east and west legs of the roundabout. 
  • Complete brick paver installation and curb ramps on alley corners by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. 
  • Set forms and pour concrete walls within the roundabout central island. 
  • TRAFFIC CHANGE:  On Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, the southbound E. 2nd Avenue right turn onto westbound E. 9th Street will re-open to traffic.   
Traffic control change effective May 26, 2020: 
  • Westbound E. 9th Street is closed between Quarry Rd. and Ponseti Way.
  • A full-width road closure is installed at the south end of E. 2nd Ave (just north of E. 9th St).  
  • The primary route to reach E. 2nd Ave from E. 9th St is to turn left on Ponseti Way and then turn right on Iowa River Landing Pl.
  • The secondary route to reach E. 2nd Ave from E. 9th St is to turn left/north at the Quarry Rd roundabout and then turn left on Iowa River Landing Pl.  
  • Access to the under building parking garage at 201 E. 9th St (The Landing) and to the alley between 201 and 211 E. 9th St (The Madison) will be maintained, but drivers exiting those locations must turn left onto E. 9th St.   
The modified traffic control plan is expected to remain in place until July 3, however, we directed our contractor to prioritize completing the work needed to open the two turning movements shown below to re-establish full access to E. 2nd Ave and the adjacent businesses. 
E 9th Traffifce control 052020

Looking ahead:
  • After Stage 2 is complete in early July, Stage 3 (final stage) will complete the roundabout central island and the remaining streetscape on both sides of E. 9th St. 
  • Due to the addition of the communication duct bank and other changes, the project now has a substantial completion date of August 13, 2020.  However, most of the work occurring in late July and early August will not impact traffic on E. 9th Street.

E 9th St Project Limits 1st Ave to Quarry Rd

E. 7th Street between 1st Avenue & Quarry Road Is Open 

  • As with any roundabout, drivers must yield to their LEFT before entering a roundabout.  
  • Watch for construction traffic passing through this roundabout with material and equipment heading to and from the Arena project.
E 7th St with Construction Traffic Only north and south of E. 2nd Ave

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