Construction continues at one of the most dangerous intersections in the state, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Pete Hjelmstad, a field services coordinator for the Iowa DOT, said the rain has been a challenge this summer, but construction workers are still making good progress on the IA 58 and Viking Road interchange project in Cedar Falls.
Hjelmstad said the crash rates at this intersection were above state average, and the Iowa DOT hopes this project will help fix this problem. He also said the area around this intersection is growing, and traffic expansion is needed.
Currently, work is being done on the northbound on and off ramps from IA 58 to Viking Road. Hjelmstad said the Iowa DOT hopes to have these ramps finished by this winter. At that time, IA 58 southbound will return to two southbound lanes. Northbound IA 58 traffic will use the newly constructed on and off ramps.
New lanes are also being paved right now for Viking Road between Andrea and Nordic Drive, according to Hjelmstad.
Hjelmstad said drivers should be prepared for traffic delays during busy travel times. They may need to take different routes, if necessary. He also said he appreciates everyone’s patience during this project, which is expected to finish in 2019.
For more information on this project, visit: https://www.cedarfalls.com/1374/Hwy-58-Viking-Rd-Project