DUBUQUE, IA-The Iowa Department of Transportation has started construction this week on the 52/61/151 highway. The general outline of the construction project includes widening the highway, rebuilding both of the Catfish Creek bridges, and lowering the highway under the Grandview Avenue overpass.
The first step in the project will be improvements to the intersection in the road that crosses with Twin Valley Drive. After this is complete, the on-ramp to Grandview Avenue will be closed around May 1st for southbound traffic. Traffic in much of these areas around the morning commute and afternoon commute may be heave and City Civil Engineer Dave Ness explains why you should avoid the area. “In the afternoon there’s a really heavy peak traffic taking a left onto 52 south so those found should maybe try and find an alternate route.”
Even though there are major traffic concerns in this area, the city of Dubuque feels when the improvements are done the highway will be much safer to drive on.
Phase 1 of the project will continue on during the summer months with heavier traffic delays but will stop through the winter so all four lanes will be back open. Next spring, construction will resume this time the northbound lanes will be worked on.
For more information on the project visit cityofdubuque.org or iowadot.gov.