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76th Avenue Street Construction to Begin this Spring

The city of Cedar Rapids will be doing two extensive street projects on 76th Avenue beginning this spring. Both projects will start before school is out due to the time necessary to complete the projects.

Edgewood Road to Nordstrom Project will be from Edgewood Road East to Nordstrom's Distribution facility.

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The Kirkwood Blvd to Crest Project will go directly through the district from Kirkwood Blvd to the Prairie Crest entrance.

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These projects will significantly improve traffic flow and student safety once completed. The district has partnered with the City of Cedar Rapids on a section of the campus project to create a new and separate bus entrance to Prairie Heights, expanded parking opportunities, and sidewalks and a mechanized pedestrian walkway.

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Also included in the project: curbs, traffic lights at Kirkwood Blvd and 76th Avenue, and defined turn lanes into Prairie Heights Elementary.

To support traffic flow this spring, off-duty Police Officers will be on site during morning and afternoon peak hours, to assist at the Kirkwood Blvd and 76th Avenue intersection when some lanes will close in order to build new turn lanes. It is our goal to make this transition as easy as possible while school is still in session.

Please be patient and accommodating as delays and alternative routes will occur throughout the course of the project. The project will be completed in multiple phases, and visitors, patrons, students, and parents will need to follow the alternative routes posted, which will change depending on the progress and/or the weather.

ALWAYS OPEN: The south entrance by Point and the west entrance by the high school will remain open throughout the scope of the project. The district is excited to see these enhancements on campus and we ask for everyone's patience and cooperation! If you have any questions, please contact the City of Cedar Rapids Public Works Department at 319-286-5802 or email

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