More road closures in Marion as Uptown Streetscape Project progresses

A new intersection closure is slowing down drivers and affecting businesses in uptown Marion.
Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 6:00 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Drivers have a new area to avoid as road construction takes a new step in Marion.

The intersection of 7th Avenue and 10th Street, next to City Square Park, was closed Monday as work on the Uptown Streetscape Project continues.

The City of Marion says the work will allow crews to complete utility work there. The goal is to finish the intersection in about six weeks, weather permitting.

The city has said the work at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 10th Street will overlap with work being done on 10th Street and 12th Street.

“The current closures along 7th Avenue and the adjacent side streets are expected to reopen to traffic by Thanksgiving,” said City Engineer Mike Barkalow. “Working ahead to complete this work in the 10th Street intersection will minimize the impacts to traffic on 7th Avenue next year when we begin work on Phase 2 of the project.”

Paving is expected to begin Tuesday on a new section of the CeMar Trail - which will cause closures off and on for short periods of time in the area of 6th Avenue that runs behind CK Cafe.

The trail will connect to the 7th Street and 7th Avenue roundabout. The city warns drivers to watch for trucks entering and exiting that area.

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