Iowa City is preparing to start work on a $59 million flood recovery and mitigation project.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that crews began removing trees last week in preparation for the Gateway Project, which was prompted by the record-setting 2008 flood.
Some 300 more trees have been marked for teardown by April 15, and MidAmerican Energy is also preparing to move overhead gas lines, power lines and underground cables.
The project is made up of three once-separate projects that include raising a section of North Dubuque Street, installing a new drainage system underneath that street, and replacing the Park Road Bridge.
Public Works Director Ron Knoche says the project has been in the works since 2009. It’s expected to be completed in August 2018.