Depending on the weather and any other delays to the final steps in the reopening process, Muscatine’s second roundabout will officially open to traffic with the removal of the barricades that is tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020.
The detour around the construction site will also be removed starting at 5 p.m. on Monday.
There will still be some activity in the roundabout area as landscaping is completed and items on the post-construction punch list are addressed. However, the City does not anticipate closing any portion of the roundabout for any extended periods of time as these items are addressed.
The $2.1 million Roundabout Project is one of the final pieces of the Mississippi Drive Corridor Reconstruction Project that began in 2017 with the reconstruction of Mississippi Drive from Broadway to Mulberry Avenue. The final part of that project will be the removal of the power poles along Mississippi Drive by Muscatine Power and Water, which is tentatively scheduled for later this year.
CONSTRUCTION DETOUR - Truck traffic heading east on Mississippi Drive will be detoured onto Iowa Avenue, to 5th Street, and down to Oak between returning to 2nd Street. The reverse will be in effect for truck traffic heading west (2nd Street to Oak to 5th Street to Iowa to Mississippi Drive). To ensure the safety of construction workers and the public, drivers are urged to find alternate routes when possible, use caution when traveling in or around the construction area, and pay attention to traffic control signs.
Heuer Construction was awarded the $2.114,738 contract for the Mulberry Avenue and East 2nd Street Roundabout Project by the Muscatine City Council at the April 15, 2019, meeting. The construction primarily consists of pavement removal, excavation, concrete paving, sub-drains, granular sub-base, underground utility improvements, concrete pavers, and streetscape amenities.