South Duff reopens Aug. 31, Thirteenth Street construction delayed


By Matthew Rezab, [email protected]

Less traffic over the summer months gives Iowa State the opportunity to do maintenance and construction work throughout campus on the roads and parking lots.

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South Duff Avenue will be reopening on Friday with continued construction, according to a press release from the City of Ames.

Even though the section of South Duff Avenue from Jewel Drive to Ken Maril Road will reopen on Friday, delays should be expected.

“Motorists will be traveling through an active construction site and should proceed with caution and expect delays,” according to the press release.

Thirteenth Street from Ridgewood Avenue to Curtiss Avenue will continue to be closed until Con-Struct, the company working on the construction project, finishes the first phase. The first phase was projected to be finished Friday, but rain delayed the project.

“Delays and forecasted rain have put the first phase of the project two to four days behind schedule,” according to the press release. “The 13th street project includes street and utility improvements from Ridgewood Avenue east to Harding Avenue.”

The South Duff Avenue construction was done to widen the road and its usage.

“The City of Ames has contracted with Con-Struct, Inc. to widen South Duff Avenue to three lanes, construct a shared use path from Ken Maril Road to Kitty Hawk Drive, and install a traffic signal at Crystal Street,” according to the press release.

Motorists can expect delays and stopages until the construction is completed.

“Motorists are encouraged to consider other routes,” according to the press release. “The traffic light at Crystal Street will be installed during the winter. The entire project is anticipated to be completed by early spring 2019.”

The press release also gave the following resources:

  • about the South Duff project, Contact Mark Gansen, Civil Engineer with the City of Ames at [email protected] or 515-239-5291
  • about the South Duff project or Matt Sullivan, Civil Engineer with the City of Ames at [email protected] or 515-239-5277 for the 13th Street project

“For general construction updates, go to or follow the City of Ames on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”