CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Radio tower removal to close section of Capitol Street Oct. 6-8
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Motorists will need to find an alternate route around
Capitol Street, between Burlington and Washington Streets, Oct. 6-8 when
the street will be closed during the removal of the radio tower from the
roof of the Engineering Building.
The tower is being removed as a part of the 92-year-old building's four-year,
$29 million modernization project, scheduled for completion in 2001. Plans
call for the use of a crane to remove the tower. If weather conditions
are favorable for outdoor work, the removal time may be reduced.
Dennis Reese, WSUI/KSUI program director, said that the tower is something
of a historic landmark because it has been located atop the Engineering
Building since the early 1920s. Until about three weeks ago, the tower
served as a studio transmitter link to relay the signals of station KSUI-FM
north of West Branch. In 1940 WSUI-AM switched to its current system --
three towers (two of which were blown down during last June's storm) located
on Mormon Trek Boulevard.