Highway 1 reopens from Kalona to Iowa City

Washington County residents who have been detouring on Highway 22 through Riverside due to road construction on Highway 1 will now be able to use Highway 1 between Kalona and Iowa City again.

Replacement of two bridges and construction of two new box culverts on Highway 1 south of Iowa City has been completed enough to reopen the highway to traffic over the weekend, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Fairfield construction office.

There may be intermittent lane and shoulder closures over the next few weeks where flaggers will assist traffic through the work area to allow the contractor to finish the detail work for this project.

This project included the replacement of the existing steel girder bridge over Old Woman’s Creek with a concrete beam bridge and replacement of the existing steel bridge over Old Man’s Creek with a rolled-steel bridge.

In addition, two new reinforced concrete box culverts were constructed at Old Man’s Creek overflow.

The prime contractor on this project is Kraemer North America, LLC. To allow for quicker bridge construction, the contactor used accelerated bridge construction methods and worked under an aggressive schedule to complete the work.