- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A part of Dubuque’s new $15.7 million Intermodal Transportation Center has opened to bus traffic, though work continues on a bus terminal and an accompanying parking garage.

The project is below budget, but it’s a month behind schedule, The Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1KvCTl3 ) reported.

A sign on the doors of the bus terminal noted that its public restrooms and ticketing office are expected to open next week. City officials hope to have the new three-level parking garage, which can accommodate 292 spaces, open and operating by Sept. 1.

Conlon Construction’s contract with the city stipulated that the garage be finished by July 9, but the deadline was later extended to July 24, with the company incurring $500 per day in liquidated damages to the city for lost parking revenue.

Dubuque Parking Division Manager Tim Horsfield attributed the slowdown largely to delays in the shipping of materials.

The work delays didn’t bother Jule bus rider Mary Huberty, who appreciated the color-coded, alphabetized routes guiding passengers to the right bus.

“It seems to be working well,” Huberty said of relocating downtown transfers to the new terminal and moving bus stops to align with the new transfer. “It’s beautifully set up down here. It’s really, really well done. It’s a nice place.”

Aside from glitches to electronic signs on a few buses, Monday’s transition went smoothly, said Dubuque Transit Manager Candace Eudaley-Loebach. She rode a bus Monday to hear people’s comments, which she said were mostly neutral or positive.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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