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E 53rd St Reconstruction | Brady to Eastern

E 53rd St Reconstruction | Brady to Eastern
Posted on 09/04/2020
E 53rd St Reconstruction | Brady to Eastern

E 53rd St will re-open to one lane of travel in each direction beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  Resurfacing, widening, and trail work will continue through the fall as progress continues to be made along this stretch. Take note. Travel lanes may appear uneven to motorists traveling through the work zone. This is a temporary condition. A final surface layer will be applied across the entire stretch when resurfacing nears completion.


Work on E 53rd St started just three short months ago. Here’s a glimpse at some of the progress being made.

Status - a little like home renovation; we have to fix the stuff behind the walls before dressing everything back up. Underground utilities and storm sewer work are continuing at this time. In the next few weeks, we will also be adding a temporary access road to local businesses off of E 53rd while construction continues.


After monitoring construction conditions and travel on Davenport's E 53rd St project over the last few weeks, the City is changing the current detour status beginning Monday, May 4th, for safety concerns.  These changes will detour all eastbound traffic off of E 53rd St near Brady St. Two routes are available: Brady to Veterans Memorial Parkway, to Eastern Ave, to E 53rd St or Welcome Way to Kimberly Rd to Eastern Ave, to E 53rd St.  One lane of westbound travel through the construction zone will remain.

While some will experience a little more inconvenience, everyone will experience safer travel conditions and fewer delays.

Please be patient as we continue to improve this significant roadway. 

Watch for later traffic control changes as work on the southern half of E 53rd St between Brady and Eastern switches to the northern half in a few months.


Work began on E 53rd St earlier in the week. A modification in the schedule, however, has changed initial travel plans.

For approximately the next three weeks, eastbound E 53rd St west of Brady will be detoured at Welcome Way, to 46th St, to Tremont, to E 53rd St. This detour is necessary for work being performed adjacent to the E 53rd St median between Brady and Eckstein Dr.

Once this early work near the median is complete, one lane of travel for E 53rd St will be opened up.

Please bear with us as the much-needed improvements to this road get underway.


E 53rd St will be reduced to one lane of travel in each direction between Brady and Eastern beginning the week of April 13th.  The lane reductions are necessary for street reconstruction and widening, along with stormwater and utility improvements.

Businesses located along this stretch will be accessible for the duration of construction.  

This project will start in the south/eastbound lanes and then flip to the north/westbound lanes as work progresses.

Work is estimated to be substantially complete in Dec 2020, pending weather and subsurface conditions.  Please bear with us as we make these improvements.

Consider an alternate route as traffic delays are likely.


The 53rd St Reconstruction and Widening Project will kick-off the 2020 Construction Season soon.

With Council approval to award a contract on Feb 26, pre-construction meetings will be held to develop traffic plans, and a schedule for complete reconstruction and widening of E 53rd St between Brady and Eastern will begin.

Once works gets underway, motorists should expect delays or consider an alternate route while we widen the street to install a dedicated turn-lane, install all new pavement and base, and add pedestrian and shared-use paths to the north and south of the road. Access to businesses within the corridor will be maintained during construction.

Stormwater improvements will also be installed as part of the project.

A smoother, less congested roadway lays ahead. Be on the look-out for more details as construction planning progresses.