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Radio tower removal, closure of Capitol Street rescheduled for Oct.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The removal of the radio tower from the roof of the
University of Iowa Engineering Building and the resulting temporary closure
of a section of Capitol Street between Burlington and Washington streets
has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The tower removal, originally planned for Oct. 6-8, was rescheduled
due to inclement weather, according to Brian Keating of the UI Facility
Services Group, Design and Construction Services.
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 last month, 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.