CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Nov. 23, 2016 – Leaders from the Iowa Department of Transportation and the city of Cedar Rapids will celebrate the near completion of the first phase of the Iowa 100 extension by hosting a ribbon cutting and community bike tour on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.
The public is invited to attend and hear guest speakers Mayor Ron Corbett, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, and Iowa DOT District Engineer Jim Schnoebelen speak on the new state highway. The ceremony will take place on Iowa 100 west of Edgewood Road. Following the commemorative ribbon cutting, the public is invited to bike, walk, or run on the highway before it is open to vehicular traffic later this month.
The Iowa 100 Phase I Extension includes a new interchange at Iowa 100 and Edgewood Road, and a new four-lane divided highway from Edgewood Road to Covington Road. The extension provides a completion of the circumferential route around the metro area and an additional crossing of the Cedar River – which can be vital during flood events – as well as opening the west side of the community for future growth. The Iowa DOT anticipates opening this phase to traffic by mid-December. Phase II of the extension (Covington Road to U.S. 30) is underway and the hope is to open sometime in late 2018 or early 2019.
Ribbon Cutting and Community Bike Ride
DATE/TIME: Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Iowa 100 and Edgewood Road (parking will be available on Iowa 100, west of Edgewood Road).
ACTIVITY: Ribbon cutting and bike/walk/run: Iowa 100, between Edgewood Road and Covington Road (approximately 4 miles one-way, 8 miles round-trip).