Construction project to impact traffic around Covenant Medical Center

posted on Friday, May 12, 2017 in Blog

WATERLOO – The city of Waterloo is planning a reconstruction of West 9th Street between the San Marnan Frontage Road and St. Francis Drive during the 2017 summer road construction season. The project will involve complete removal and replacement of the existing street as well as construction of a new storm sewer.

Work will be done in stages to maintain access to Covenant Medical Center, however road closures will impact how emergency responders, patients, and visitors get to the hospital:

  • Sections of West 9th Street will be closed in both directions.
  • The Park Lane intersection will be closed for an estimated two-week period.
  • Visitors coming from the south and east should see minimal impact, however there may be increased traffic on St. Francis Drive.
  • Emergency responders who enter through the gate off San Marnan Drive should see no changes.

Road construction is currently planned to begin May 8, 2017. Weather may impact the work schedule at any point during the project. Temporary signage will be posted to direct traffic. Progress updates including traffic maps will be posted to


Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Iowa is a faith-based 511-bed, not-for-profit, comprehensive
medical/surgical health care provider offering acute levels of medical care at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, and Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. Its services in the region also include Covenant Clinic with more than 107 primary care and specialty providers; Covenant Foundation, Sartori Health Care Foundation and Mercy Hospital Foundation. Areas of excellence include cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, maternity and NICU, cancer treatment, minimally invasive and Bariatric surgery. The Iowa operations have been part of a 140 year system of care sponsored by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, formerly incorporated in 1983. In 2016, the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters transferred their Iowa operations to Mercy Health Network, an Iowa-based health care system based out of Des Moines, Iowa.

Mercy Health Network (MHN) is an integrated system of member hospitals and other health and patient care facilities united into one operating organization to improve the delivery of healthcare services to the people of Iowa and adjoining states. MHN's sponsors own and operate medical centers and other services in Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, and Sioux City and community hospitals in six other locations. In addition, MHN has 27 members who participate through contracts for management and other services. Mercy Health Network (MHN) was founded in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between two of the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations in the United States: Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colorado, and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan.