Neighbors Ask Dubuque Council to Close Northbound Lane of Southern Avenue

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - A bridge construction project on Highway 151/61 in Dubuque has people in one neighborhood fed up. In April, crews ripped out the southbound lanes of that road. Now the heavy highway traffic is down to just one lane in each direction. The Iowa Department of Transportation is not re-routing traffic, still many drivers are using Rockdale Road and Southern Avenue as a detour.

When hosting her friends for a Monday afternoon game of poker, Roxanne Boyes wonders if the traffic on Southern Avenue will ever slow down.

Boyes said, " I worry about them backing out. We are not as young as we used to be. "

Now that there's potholes along the southbound lane of Highway 151/61, neighbors say even more drivers are avoiding that road.

Dan Nesteby said, "everybody uses it for a short cut. It's just the speeding more than anything. "

Some neighbors even collected a petition asking the city council to close Southern Avenue to northbound traffic for the next few two years.

Mary Strum told the city council, "vehicular traffic is not properly routed, regulated or enforced to lesson the impact of noise and accidents "

The council agreed to look into what the city can do to help. But because Southern Avenue is a public street, council members say it's unlikely they'll close it.

"I think the road could stay open if everybody would just slow down,"
said Boyes.

The Iowa D.O.T says crews will close the entire section of highway during the overnight hours to resurface that area. That's expected to happen sometime later this week or early next week.
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