About 6,000 drivers take Oakland Road NE in Cedar Rapids each day, especially on the northbound one-way stretch from near Coe College to 32nd Street. The city of Cedar Rapids is working on improving Oakland Road and at the end of the month, they’ll be converting part of Oakland Road from a one-way road into a two-way road. Traffic is currently closed between 29th Street to 32nd Street for the next couple of weeks.
During the closure, drivers can take Center Point Road NE to 32nd Street to get around the construction. Crews have been working on water mains, storm sewers and asphalt resurfacing. Doug Wilson, Paving for Progress Program Manager tells us at the end of the month Oakland will convert into two way traffic between H Avenue and 32nd Street. “The amount of traffic has decreased in that area and so it makes it a little bit better for traffic to flow to have both those roads eventually two-way,” says Wilson. They are also adding a section of sidewalk between 29th Street and 32nd Street for people to walk and ride their bikes.
The cost of the project is about $2.8 million for pavement and utility work on Oakland Road and Center Point Road.