E. 9th Street

E. 9th Street Enhancements: 1st Avenue to Quarry Road


This project will enhance the E. 9th Street corridor with the addition of landscaped center medians, new north-south crosswalks, curb bump outs to establish parallel parking areas, completion of the brick paver streetscape along the south side of E. 9th Street, and conversion of the E. 9th Street & E. 2nd Avenue intersection into a four-leg roundabout.

The project will be completed in two phases.

Phase 1: Mid October-November 22, 2019


Construction on this stretch of E. 9th Street includes
  • Two raised center medians west of E. 2nd Avenue. The two medians will create a dedicated eastbound left turn lane onto Ponseti Way.
  • Southerly halves of two north-south crosswalks.
  • Curb bump outs and select brick paver replacement along the south side of E. 9th Street, east of E. 2nd Avenue, to better define the parallel parking stalls.
  • New driveway just west of the current driveway used by both the Johnson County Historical Society and the Antique Car Museum of Iowa. The driveway will extend along the east side of Xtream Arena. The museum parking lot will connect to this driveway when it is complete.

Center median detail of E. 9th St. between Ponseti Way and E. 2nd Avenue

E 9th St center median detail


Update: E. 7th Street Reopens


E. 7th Street between 1st Avenue and Quarry Road is open

Please note on the E. 7th Street roundabout:
  • As with any roundabout, drivers must yield to their LEFT before entering a roundabout.  
  • Watch for construction traffic passing through this roundabout with material and equipment heading to and from the Arena project.
  E 7th St with Construction Traffic Only north and south of E. 2nd Ave

Phase I: Current & Upcoming Work*


Progress November 8-15, 2019:
  • The Drury access will be open to traffic on November 15.  
  • Brick paver installation along the south side of the westerly center median will be complete on November 15. This will allow some of the traffic control devices to be pulled back to make it easier for drivers turning from 1st Avenue.
  • The asphalt setting bed for the median across the UIHC clinic frontage is complete except for the narrow strip along the north side of the median. The contractor hopes to place the setting bed in that strip on November 15.
  • Completed removal of a storm sewer manhole and plugged an old storm sewer at the east end of the project. 
  • The initial concrete pours are underway now for the new driveway near the northeast corner of Xtream Arena. The final concrete pour is expected November 16. 
Progress expected November 16-22, weather permitting:
  • Complete brick paver installation along the north side of westerly center median on November 18. 
  • Complete brick paver installation around the larger median east of Ponseti Way and backfill the median with soil by end of the week.  
  • Complete brick paver installation at the new driveway near the northeast corner of the Xtream Arena.
  • Continue storm sewer work at the east end of E. 9th Street. 
Looking ahead:
  • Due to the storm sewer design changes near the east end of the project, completion of this initial phase of work has been pushed to the second week in December. However, before Thanksgiving we will shift eastbound E. 9th Street to the south side of the new median between Ponseti Way and E. 2nd Avenue, and restore the two westbound lanes from E. 2nd Avenue to 1st Ave, as shown below.  The overall project completion date is July 22, 2020. 
*Updated November 15, 2019
E 9th Street late November 2019

Phase 1: Traffic Control


Some delays anticipated during peak traffic times
  • E. 9th Street traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction with no on-street parking.
  • Traffic runs head-to-head on the north half of E. 9th Street between Ponseti Way and Quarry Road. 
  • A short eastbound left turn lane is at Ponseti Way. 
  • There is a second westbound lane from 1st Avenue back to Ponseti Way to separate the westbound right and thru/left turn lanes
  • A STOP sign on westbound E. 9th Street at Ponseti Way minimizes the possibility of eastbound traffic backing up into 1st Avenue.
  • The 1st Avenue & E. 9th Street traffic signal runs with separate eastbound (Kum & Go side) and westbound (Iowa River Landing side) movements. This allows westbound drivers exiting the Iowa River Landing to have a free-flow left turn onto southbound 1st Avenue.
  • Extra green light time was given to the westbound E. 9th Street movement exiting the Iowa River Landing. This is monitored to avoid 1st Avenue backups into the I-80 ramps.
  • E. 7th Street re-opened between 1st Avenue and Quarry Road on October 24. It is the first time E. 7th Street has been fully open since June 2017. The E. 7th Street connection was expected to be available before starting the E. 9th Street project, but the wet September and early October stalled progress.  

The Engineering, Streets, and Police Departments monitor traffic in the afternoon and early evening. 

Winter Shutdown


From November 23, 2019, until April 1, 2020, all lanes on E. 9th Street are scheduled to be open.

Phase 2: April 1, 2020, to July 22, 2020


Work includes
  • Two raised center medians east of E. 2nd Avenue.
  • Remainder of north-south crosswalks.
  • Curb bump outs and select brick paver replacement along the north side of E. 9th Street, east of E. 2nd Avenue, to better define the parallel parking stalls.
  • Pedestrian streetscape (brick pavers, street trees, etc.) along entire south side of E. 9th Street to mirror the existing north side streetscape.
  • Roundabout at E. 9th Street & E. 2nd Avenue.
Traffic control during Phase 2
  • E. 9th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Ponseti Way and Quarry Road with NO on-street parking east of E. 2nd Avenue until early July.


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