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Gateway Project hits halfway mark

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The end of the tunnel is becoming more and more visible for a massive roadway project.

Since May 2016, Dubuque Street in Iowa City has been undergoing a $40.6 million reconstruction project to raise its roadways to better fend off flooding. The road flooded in 1993, and again in 2008. The road sees 25,000 cars a day and serves as the main entrance into the city, according to project workers.

Despite hitting the halfway mark, the project has a lot of remaining work to be done. Public Works Special Projects Administration, Melissa Clow, said right now the project is between phase 2 and phase 3.

A portion of the work being done at this time is in front of the University of Iowa's Mayflower Residence Hall to raise the northbound roads. Clow said they're pushing to get that done to help the school's busing, Cambus, operations. Cambus is currently picking students up on a side parking lot, rather than in front of the hall, as it traditionally did.

Students living in the hall are trying to stay positive during the construction.

"Everyday I see them working their best, so I believe it's good idea to do this project and, in the long run, I'm sure everybody will appreciate it. We just have to be patient with all of the construction," University of Iowa freshman, Lauren Baker, said.

Clow said the project has hit minor setbacks with adjusting for traffic for home Hawkeye football games and working with the bus systems, but she said all four lanes should be back open by the original goal date.

"We knew it would be a two-year project, and we always hoped to have all the lanes that are of significant portion of construction done by the time school started and football season rolled around in 2018."

The Park Road bridge is also being raised. Clow said the plan is to open that in October.

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