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University Avenue enters Phase 2 of construction

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - You've probably noticed some recent changes as construction continues on the University Avenue Project in Waterloo. From lane changes to closures, this construction project has affected a lot of folks and their daily commutes.

However, with progress continuing, there are some recent changes you need to know before hitting the road.

Drone video provided by the City of Waterloo.

PHASE 2 CHANGES:

  • Traffic from Progress Ave. to Tunis Dr. is no longer head-to-head
  • Lanes on both sides of Progress Ave. remain closed
  • Westbound lanes to Greenhill Rd. will be head-to-head
  • University Ave. eastbound exit ramp to Greenhill Rd. is closed

City Engineer, Jamie Knutson knows some people may be frustrated with how long the project is taking, but said it will be worth it in the end.

"It will get better and I think people will recognize the value of it once you go through the piece we've already completed, you drive through Cedar Falls," Knutson said, "so you can still see the difference but I think everyone will be pleased once it's all said and done."

With some lanes remaining head-to-head, the fear of winter will soon enter the equation. Knutson told "KWWL" their goal is to complete those lanes by Thanksgiving, but admits weather will play a huge factor towards their progress.

"As long as the weather cooperates I think we're going to be in good shape but again if it's like last year we got clear into December almost Christmas and the weather was pretty decent," Knutson said.

"If it's rainy and snowing by October, by Halloween here, we'll be in a world of hurt so it's completely depending on mother nature at this point."

If not completed by winter, Knutson assures his team will do all they can, like implementing traffic control, to keep people safe. For now, the city urges people to avoid construction areas as much as possible.

Knutson hopes to finish the project around this time, next year.

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Email: university.avenue@waterloo-ia.org.

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Alaina Kwan

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