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Traffic changes in the city of Cedar Rapids due to the winter, some bridges closing too

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – If you believed the road work season in Cedar Rapids was coming to a close, you were mistaken. Beginning early next week, one of the city’s bridges across the Cedar River will be closed to traffic.

According to a press statement from the City of Cedar Rapids, the Cedar River Trail east of the river between 8th Avenue and 16th Avenue SE will close on Friday, September 30. During construction, trail traffic will be detoured to 2nd Street SE.

Beginning Tuesday, October 4, the 12th Avenue bridge will be closed to all traffic between 2nd Street S.E. and C Street SW.

The city already announced that the shutdown will occur on September 30.

This section of 12th Avenue, including the bridge, will be closed in order to install permanent flood control. It is anticipated that the bridge will reopen in the spring of 2023.

Last year at this time, the 16th Avenue Bridge was closed to all traffic due to the installation of permanent flood control on both sides of the river. It reopened in the spring of this year. Additionally, the City of Cedar Rapids has performed flood control work at the ends of the 3rd Avenue bridge, and work is currently occurring at the 1st Avenue bridge.

The city of Cedar Rapids is still considering replacing and elevating the 8th Avenue bridge. The new bridge is anticipated to be 15 feet taller than the current one. The project’s definitive timetable and budget have not yet been determined.

All of these projects have been a minor annoyance, but each piece of permanent flood control is a source of increased tranquility. This is something that any Cedar Rapidian can value.

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