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UPDATE: Iowa DOT hopes to finish Viking Rd./Hwy. 58 project by this Thanksgiving

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – Construction continues at one of the busiest intersections in the Cedar Valley.

Project leaders said after a dry summer, they’re making good progress on the $32 million Viking Road and Highway 58 project in Cedar Falls.

The project is considered a ‘single-point urban interchange.’ The Iowa DOT said they don’t have many of them in the state. They work well in tight spaces with heavy traffic. Field Services Coordinator, Pete Hjelmstad, said the project will reduce the number of crashes at the busy intersection.

Right now, crews are working on the south half of the Viking Road bridge. They hope to pour concrete there by the end of this month.

They’re also paving and grading underneath the bridge, which will be the new Highway 58.

“The big difference is obviously before the project started, it was what we called an ‘at-grade intersection,’ where [Highway] 58 and Viking intersected at the same level,” Hjelmstad said. “Now, [Highway] 58 traffic will be going underneath Viking, and Viking traffic will be going over on the bridge.”

Hjelmstad said last spring was rough. It was rainy. However, he said the weather has cooperated this summer, and crews are picking up ground.

He said they hope to have the entire project finished before Thanksgiving of this year. As crews enter the final stages of the project, the Iowa DOT said they don’t plan to have any additional traffic switches.

For more information about the project, visit: http://www.511ia.org or https://www.cedarfalls.com/1374/Hwy-58-Viking-Rd-Project.

Olivia Schmitt

Weekend Anchor

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