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New roundabout in Cedar Falls will change more than just the roads

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - Cedar Falls City Council approved a project to move forward in the construction of a new roundabout Monday.

The new roundabout will be located at the intersection of Greenhill Rd. and S. Main St. in Cedar Falls. This will add to the already existing 12 roundabouts in the area.

“It’s going to be a lot of construction. It’s going to be a lot of noise,” homeowner Armando Sesma said.

Sesma is one of the few homeowners who live along the intersection where the construction will be located. He will also be one of the few who will have to give up a portion of his property to the new roundabout.

"We are talking with them as far as how much they are going to take place exactly, and make sure they are not taking more than what it’s supposed to be,” Sesma said.

The City Public Works Director Chase Schrage explained at Monday's city council meeting, that the intersection is asymmetrical, therefore the roundabout will be moved north, towards Sesma's residence.

“If it’s going to benefit the roundabout. Great,” he said.

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He, along with local officials, support the construction of the roundabout, as they create safer streets.

“Very few or no injuries at roundabout accidents, and if there are, they’re very minor. And that is in great contrast with signalized intersections, where if somebody blows a red light you possibly have a T-bone accident into a driver's door or passenger's door, often resulting in very severe injuries," Cedar Falls Police Chief Craig Berte said.

The Cedar Falls Public Safety Building is located just down the road from the Greenhill and Main St. intersection, but the construction shouldn't affect emergency personnel from responding to incidents.

“Access will be maintained throughout the construction, and we got multiple ways we can go east, west, north, and south from this location,” Chief Berte said.

According to the Cedar Falls City Engineer David Wicke this roundabout project should begin next spring and be completed in the fall of 2022.

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