Iowa City Noon Rotary

Our Meeting was recorded and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/mvqcBb4JtYo.
 
Our Meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. by President Eric Weiler, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Rtn. Devin van Holsteijn shared Zoom tips.
 
Rtn. Linda Farkas asked those of us considering donating to RYLA and World Affairs to do so now, and/or let her know that you plan to do so.
 
President Eric announced that we are looking for a Rotarian to be Sergeant at Arms, or “front of house” for our Rotary meetings. This could be one person or a group of people who would set up our area in the front lobby each week. These volunteers would receive free lunch.
 
President Eric also shared that we are looking for Rotary board members. Please submit a few sentences about yourself, your involvement with Rotary, and why you'd like to serve on the Board to eric.weiler@kirkwood.edu. This is a 3-year term starting on July 1, 2022.
 
PROGRAM: Iowa DOT Plans for I-380/80 and more
Presenter: Newman Abuissa, Iowa DOT Engineer
 
Newman said that the I-80 and I-380 interchange construction was started two years ago. It was an outdated cloverleaf design with 4 ramps and 4 loops. But traffic has been increasing fast in the last 20 years. Traffic is reaching about 50,000 vehicles on I-80 and above 50,000 vehicles on I-380 each day. With that many vehicles, it is unreasonable to expect vehicles to slow to 25 mph to go through the cloverleafs. The new design concept will include multiple flyovers. It is planned to be a 5-year project.
 
Closures must happen occasionally to facilitate construction activities. The DOT will not place beams with traffic underneath.  The DOT worked with the cities of Coralville and North Liberty to plan their stop lights on Hwy 965 to flow together. This was important for when traffic gets rerouted onto Hwy 965 due to closures at I-80/380. Smart stoplights can sense heavy flows of traffic approaching and adjust to allow the traffic to flow through efficiently. I-80 will be widened to 6 lanes west of I-380, and will be widened to 8 lanes east of I-380. I-380 and U.S. Hwy 218 will be widened to 6 lanes with 12-foot shoulders.
 
The section of I-80 from Iowa City to Davenport is a priority, and will be expanded to 6 lanes in the coming years. I-380 between Coralville and Cedar Rapids is also planned to be expanded to 6 lanes in the future. The diverging diamond intersection in Coralville at 1st Avenue and I-80 (by Iowa River Landing) is planned to be constructed in the next few years. An exact timeline was not available.
 
While traffic dipped during the pandemic, traffic counts are now returning to normal. Consider ride-share, working from home, planning to avoid the intersection at peak times, or riding the 380 Express bus. Real time travel alerts can be found at www.511ia.org.
 
President Eric announced that he will be gone next week, and President-elect Ryan Bell will be hosting our meeting.
 
MEETING:
Visiting Rotarians included: Amanda McFadden (Iowa City AM), Amy Nicholson (Iowa City AM)
 
Guests of Rotarians:  Bill Furlong (Rtn. Steve Schomberg), Pam Funke (daughter of Rtn. Linda Farkas), Tom Woodruff (Rtn. Arleigh Clemons)
 
Program: Devin van Holsteijn; Attendance: Nancy Droll
 
Please forward any newsworthy items and/or photos to Jon Brown or Janice Baldes to include in the weekly slide decks emailed to members prior to each meeting and shown just before Rotary meetings at the Club. You can send information to: Janice Baldes janicebaldes@gmail.com or Jon Brown at mjonBrown@taxesplusiowacity.com
 
For questions related to Club administration, please contact us at secretary@iowacitynoonrotary.org.
 
It is our policy to have all members silence their cell phones before the meeting and refrain from answering their cell phones during the meeting out of respect to the speaker and fellow members.