As part of the City of Iowa City’s Downtown Streetscape Update Plan, another important phase begins Monday, March 11th with the Dubuque Street Reconstruction Project. The project includes the reconstruction of the street between Iowa Avenue and Washington Street and will take place this spring and summer. The City awarded the project to Portzen Construction, Inc. which previously helped downtown with the Washington Street and Ped Mall renovations.

City infrastructure such as water main, sewage, and streetscape elements have hit their lifespan. Some, are more than 100 years old and it’s time for a much-needed update that will bring a fresh, new look to the downtown block. The street will get a new makeover including a new sewer and water main, widened sidewalks, overhead lighting, bicycle racks, beautiful planters, and more. The street is estimated to re-open and be completed by late August and will look great once it’s finished! Per the City, the tentative schedule has a substantial completion date of August 23rd and final completion date of September 20th.

While streetscapes are important and necessary updates to the City’s infrastructure, they are impactful to our businesses. We encourage the community to continue to visit their favorite shops, restaurants, bars, and services on the street. It will be closed to vehicular traffic, but pedestrian access will be maintained and businesses will remain open.

Follow this page or the Iowa City Downtown District on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on the project, learn about the businesses on the street, and hear about new programs and public art projects the community can enjoy during these upcoming warmer months!

Free Delivery

  • Retail:
    • Downtown Delivers offers free delivery for downtown retailers. The complimentary service does deliveries every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to the Iowa City area including Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, Solon, and West Branch. Customers can select free delivery when placing orders online from the business’s websites or contact the store to arrange free delivery.
  • Restaurants:
    • CHOMP Delivery is offering free delivery for Dubuque Street restaurants during the construction months from 3/11/24 – 8/31/24 to Micky’s Irish Pub, Pullman Bar & Diner, Nodo Downtown, Masala, Which Wich, and Z’mariks.
    • Use code: SupportDubuqueSt

3/12/24 – Construction on Dubuque Street has begun! Here is some information to keep in mind: 

  • All businesses will be open as usual. They will not need to close their doors.
  • The construction will affect a limited area; the one block of Dubuque Street between Iowa Ave and Washington St.
  • Contractors will make every effort to limit noise, vibration, and dust during lunch hour 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Directional signs have been placed on fencing to help people find their way and feel more comfortable as they navigate the area.
  • Look for new activities and placemaking features of the ICDD on our website – more to be announced soon!
  • The show will go on! Events like the Block Party, Iowa Arts Festival, Shop Crawl, Sidewalk Sales, etc. will continue to be held.