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Mount Vernon Road SE, from 14th Street to 20th Street


Project Phase: Construction
Construction Start: March 2024

Construction Update: May 24, 2024

Work is progressing on the south half of Mount Vernon Road between 17th and 20th Streets. Recent work includes pavement widening between 18th Street and 19th Street, installation of curb and gutter, storm sewer installation, preparation for new pavement at the intersection of 19th Street, and construction of steps and retaining walls at the homes east of 19th Street.

Next two weeks:

  • Expect to see construction of the retaining wall west of 19th Street along Oak Hill Cemetery and continued installation of curb and gutter.

Traffic impacts:

  • East and westbound traffic continues to run head-to-head in the north lanes.
  • All businesses are open.

Work progresses on an unpaved Mount Vernon Road on May 24.

Past Updates

Key Contacts

Pirc Tobin
Jason Calease

City Construction Manager
Joel Robinson
319-286-5533 | j.robinson@cedar-rapids.org

City Project Manager
Jennifer Selby
319-286-5622 | j.selby@cedar-rapids.org

2023 Improvements

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Project Background

Planning for the improvements to Mount Vernon Road SE began in 2016 with the launch of public outreach for the Mount Vernon Road Corridor Action Plan. Through that planning process, significant public input was received related to the Mount Vernon Road corridor. The plan was adopted by City Council in 2017 with priority action items including improving aesthetics, reducing visual clutter, improving traffic safety, and increasing walkability. The proposed construction project was developed in accordance with these goals.

Planned Improvements

The Mount Vernon Road project stretches from 14th Street to 20th Street and includes: pavement widening; raised medians with aesthetic improvements; new sidewalk and existing sidewalk repairs; an asphalt overlay; utility improvements; traffic signal upgrades; and traffic safety improvements to the intersections at 15th and 19th Streets. This two-season project began construction in 2023. The stretch from 14th Street to 17th Street was complete in Fall 2023 and the stretch from 17th Street to 20th Street is expected to be complete in Fall 2024.

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