City Construction Projects

Current Projects


Kerper Ct. / Kerper Blvd. Roundabout

The Kerper Ct. and Kerper Blvd. intersection improvement project includes the construction of a two-lane roundabout along with underground utilities, ADA ramps, and street lighting. Construction began in August 2023 and the estimated completion date is November 2023. Learn more about the roundabout project.

STREETS Components Interaction

STREETS Project: Dynamic Routing of Traffic

The City of Dubuque is implementing the next generation of integrated traffic signal system that includes rapid simulation of future traffic conditions based on real-time data collection. Learn more about the STREETS Project.

Future Projects

Chaplain Schmitt Island Trail Connection Project

The Chaplain Schmitt Island Trail Connection will provide installation of a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail along Admiral Sheehy Dr. from E. 16th St. to the Veterans Memorial Plaza on Chaplain Schmitt Island.

Auburn St. and Custer St. Reconstruction

This utility and street reconstruction project will include the reconstruction of the sanitary sewers, water main, and street on Auburn St. between University Ave. and Loras Blvd. and Custer St. between Atlantic St. and N. Algona St.

Green Alley Projects

During the 2024 construction season, the follow alleys are scheduled for green alley reconstruction:

  • Alley between Central Ave. and White St. from 17th St. to 18th St.
  • Alley between Iowa St. and Central Ave. from 15th St. to 16th St.
  • Alley between Iowa St. and Central Ave. from 16th St. to 17th St. 

Iowa Amphitheater on Schmitt Island Project

The Engineering Department will manage the construction of an outdoor amphitheater that will host as many as 8,000 people for national acts will be built over what is currently the former greyhound track on Chaplain Schmitt Island. The City was awarded a $3 million Destination Iowa Grant to assist with funding this $15.8 million project. Projects funded though Destination Iowa must be completed by June 30, 2026. Read the Destination Iowa Grant award announcement.

Planning and Initiatives

RAISE Planning Grant: Rebuilding Bridges to Employment & Equity

In 2022, the City of Dubuque received a $2.28 million RAISE Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to assist with the planning and design of multimodal transportation corridors which will connect vulnerable neighborhoods and low-income residents with economic opportunities, recreational amenities, and key community resources in the Kerper Blvd. Industrial Park, on Chaplain Schmitt Island, Downtown Dubuque, the Historic Millwork District, and on the west side of the city via the downtown Intermodal Transportation Center. The grant will be administered by the Federal Highway Administration in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation. Learn more about the RAISE Planning Grant.

Bike Lane Pilot Program

As an extension of the Move DBQ Smart Parking and Mobility Study, the City of Dubuque and community partners are currently gathering input that will inform an upcoming Bike Lane Pilot Project. Learn more and provide input by completing a short survey.

Completed Projects

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Northwest Arterial State of Good Repair Project

The Northwest Arterial State of Good Repair Project was a partnership between the City of Dubuque and the Iowa Department of Transportation. The $9.2 million multi-phased project included major pavement reconstruction and rehabilitation of the arterial roadway from HWY 20 (Dodge St.) to John F. Kennedy Rd. The multi-year project was finished in 2023. Learn more about the Northwest Arterial State of Good Repair Project.

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Veterans Memorial Improvements

A $3.2 million improvement project at the Chaplain Schmitt Island Veterans Memorial Plaza was completed in 2021. The project included a new memorial for Chaplain Schmitt composed of a decorative swirling concrete path that transforms into an elevated boardwalk extending from the Veterans Memorial Plaza over the pond. A circular landing that contains a sculpture titled "Skyward" will be located at the end of the boardwalk. Read more about the Veterans Memorial Project.

SW Arterial

Southwest Arterial (U.S. 52)

The Southwest Arterial (U.S. 52) is a 6.1-mile, four-lane, divided freeway with priority-one access control and provides an alternative route for traffic through southwestern Dubuque. It connects the Dubuque Technology Park on U.S. Hwy 61/151 with the new Dubuque Industrial Center West and the existing Dubuque Industrial Center near U.S. Hwy 20. After years of planning and construction, it opened in August 2020. Learn more about the Southwest Arterial Project.

Road Construction Toolkit for Businesses


The City recognizes businesses located in work zones have special needs. It’s critical that customers have access to businesses and that they continue to visit them, regardless of any road work inconveniences. The Road Construction Toolkit for Businesses is offered as a resource for businesses. It outlines what the City provides before and during road construction projects, ideas about what businesses can do to proactively prepare for construction projects in their area, and other helpful information such as the construction noise ordinance, dust control measures, parking and transportation alternatives, and temporary sign permits. Through communication and cooperation, businesses can thrive when road construction is in the area.

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