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Closures, detours, and cones are back on University Avenue to try to finish the project sooner

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - With Eastern Iowa seeing warmer temperatures, many construction projects are starting to pick up the pace, including University Avenue.

Recently adding more cones detours, and reclosing Ansborough to Fletcher Avenue, Waterloo City Engineer Jamie Knutson said this is all necessary to get the project done faster.

"From Ansborough to Fletcher, that's the last piece that is major underground work," Knutson said.

In the closed off area, crews are working on installing:

  • Sanitary sewers
  • Storm sewers
  • Water main

All of the underground work must be completed, before crews can start paving over it.

Knowing folks may be confused or frustrated towards the re-closure, Knutson explained how closing it again can help the project done sooner.

"We could've done head to head like we did in other parts of University," Knutson said, "in order to get it done sooner, we decided to go ahead and close that section entirely. That lets us get probably two months off of the schedule."

Although the closures and detours can be annoying, Knutson wants people to know this is the last stretch of this major project.

"Between Fletcher and Ansborough, that's the last big paving piece, everything else now is enhancements, getting the trails in, getting the landscaping in," Knutson said.

Some time in May, Knutson said they will close Fletcher Avenue to Highway 63 to install:

  • Medians
  • Bike Trails
  • Trail connecting to a parking lot

With the plans set in place, Knutson is hoping to complete major construction by August.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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