UPDATE: OCTOBER 18, 2018
Mississippi Drive was opened to through traffic from Broadway to the #1 alley on Mulberry Avenue on September 21, leaving the reconstruction of 2nd Street from Mulberry Avenue to Mad Creek to be completed. A portion of the final phase of the Mississippi Drive Corridor Reconstruction Project was opened on October 1 with the opening of the Oak Street intersection.
Work has been progressing from the railroad crossing to Mad Creek with KMA Excavating wrapping up the underground work and KE Flatwork pouring the east bound driving lane during the past week. Work has also been underway in preparing the west bound lane from Mad Creek to Family Dollar for paving and that should begin Oct. 29. KE Flatwork estimates that the work on the east bound lane and the portion of the west bound lane from Mad Creek to Family Dollar will be completed by Nov. 12.
At that time, the detour for Family Dollar will be switched back to the West approach from Park Avenue to allow KE Flatwork to complete the west bound lane and the connection with the railroad crossing. The reconstructed 2nd Street is tentatively scheduled to be reopened for through traffic on Nov. 30, depending on the weather and other unknown issues that may come up.
(See Project Detour Maps)
The main detour for the Mississippi Drive Corridor Reconstruction Project remains taking Park Avenue to Washington Street to 8th Street to Main Street to Grandview Avenue or taking Park Avenue to the Highway 61 bypass around Muscatine.
2nd/Mulberry Roundabout - The roundabout at the Mulberry-2nd Street intersection is expected to be put out for bids this winter with construction starting Spring of 2019. More details will be announced later along with information on any public meetings for the roundabout.
THE CONES OF DETOUR - Two detours were established for drivers to use as work progresses on 2nd Street. To bypass the construction work on 2nd Street drivers are urged to use 5th Street from Park Avenue to Mulberry Avenue (no trucks allowed on 5th Street from Park Avenue to Cypress) or use Washington Street from Park Avenue to Cypress then to 8th Street to Mulberry (truck traffic allowed).
In two areas (the intersection of Cypress and Washington and the intersection of 5th and Mulberry) cones have been set in the roadway. The cones divide a turning lane in half and keep traffic down to one lane. This, along with no parking signs on Mulberry approaching 5th Street, was set up to allow for larger vehicles with larger turning radius to be able to make the turn without damaging other vehicles or public property.
Drivers are asked to be cautious at these intersections and be alert to larger vehicles attempting to turn from one street to another.
2017 Construction Season
Mississippi Drive (Iowa to Broadway) - Mississippi Drive from Iowa Avenue west past Broadway Street was reopened to local traffic at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, wrapping up the majority of construction work for Phases I and II of the Mississippi Drive Corridor Reconstruction Project. The side streets and intersections at Iowa Avenue, Pine Street, and Linn Street were also reopened but Chestnut Street remained closed until March 2018.
NEW FEATURE FOR MISSISSIPPI DRIVE ... BACK-IN ANGLE PARKING
Additional parking for downtown Muscatine becomes available when City officials reopen a portion of Mississippi Drive Friday (Dec. 8). Mississippi Drive has been closed from Sycamore to Broadway since May. The first two phases of the reconstruction project have been virtually completed and the City will allow local traffic on Mississippi Drive from Iowa Avenue west towards Carver Corner as the project shifts to phase III.
Click PARKING for more information.