Penn and Front Street construction to begin in North Liberty

Penn and Front Street construction to begin in North Liberty

This month the City of North Liberty will begin improvements to the intersection of Penn and Front streets, improving sight lines along Penn Street and adding a connection to Dubuque Street from Front Street at South Slope’s entrance for Grant Elementary School. The through street will be North Bend Drive.

While the project will make significant improvements to the intersection, it will also cause short-term inconvenience and disruption.

During the initial phase, which will begin this month and is expected to last through June, the city will temporarily prohibit on-street parking on Jefferson Street, Hodge Street and Molly Drive to reduce congestion. Those streets will serve as a detour around the Penn and Front intersection.

During this work, city staff will monitor traffic flow, the police department will increase enforcement in the area, and residents can report a concern 24 hours a day on the city’s hotline by calling 626-5786.

The project will also include some detours and closures for sidewalks and trails.

It also includes an incentive for the contractor to re-open the roads and sidewalks by mid-July. At the latest, it’s scheduled to reopen by mid-August ahead of the start of the school year.

Drivers are asked to use caution around the work site, allow extra travel time, and find alternative routes when possible. Details and updates on this and other North Liberty construction projects are available online at