Work is currently underway to relocate underground utilities and make way for permanent flood control in the Czech Village District. This year, work is taking place between 16th Avenue SW and the former landfill site, and includes the relocation of water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer. Road closures are being staged to help reduce impact to the Czech Village District whenever possible, and efforts are being made to coordinate closures with community events such as Houby Days.
Current road closures include the intersection of C Street and Bowling/21st Avenue until approximately early April.
April – May: Work will move to the 17th Avenue and A Street location. A Street SW will be closed between 17thAvenue and 22nd Avenue from April until late May. Business access will remain open at C Street and 17thAvenue during this time. If possible, crews will also work to have the A Street and 17th Avenue intersection open during the busy Houby Days weekend.
By the end of May, restoration work such as topsoil and seeding will be taking place, with minimal business and traffic impacts.
Upon the successful relocation of underground utilities, work on the levee is anticipated to begin in 2018-2019. The levee will stretch approximately half a mile long and will provide protection up to a 19.5 foot river crest. Information on traffic impacts during levee construction will be posted on the City’s website: www.cityofcr.com/floodcontrol.
Cedar River Trail
As work continues on the utility relocations, the Cedar River Trail remains temporarily closed. Biking detour signs will be deployed soon. While C Street SW and Bowling Street is closed, cyclists can use A Street heading into or out of the Czech Village area. Once A Street closes and C Street reopens, cyclists can use C Street and 22nd Avenue as a detour. The trail will remain closed until late spring or early summer, after the temporary berms constructed in 2016 are successfully removed.
Railroad Track Removals at 4th Street SE
Effective Friday, March 10, 2017, work will be underway to remove old railroad tracks near 4th Street SE in the NewBo District. The intersections of 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue SE at the 4th Street tracks will be closed for approximately one month while removals are underway.