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Downtown Waterloo becomes a construction zone

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by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Road closed signs in downtown Waterloo are becoming common place. Three major projects are underway and they forcing people to find alternate routes through downtown.

The main projects are located on East 4th Street, Park Avenue, and Cedar Street. 

The 4th Street Cruise and my Waterloo Days bring thousands of people to downtown, but if constructions sites are not finished by then problems may start popping up.

"It took me about ten minutes from my place and then once I figured out that this was closed off it took me another probably five to ten minutes to find out where I was going," Annie Eildrets of Waterloo said.

It doesn't not matter if you are driving or walking the inconveniences are everywhere.

 "Yesterday all the machines were running and I had to walk around the block and make sure the machines didn't get me or anything," Jackie Aljayshai of Waterloo said.

The city is working on revamping downtown and the streets are a major part of that renovation. The street scape project of East 4th Street is one of the largest projects.

"The goal is to have the paving of the street done for the 4th Street Cruise which is coming up on May 23rd,  so we're really pushing the contractors to try and get that work done by May 23rd," City Engineer, Eric Thorson said.

The street scape was supposed to be finished last fall, but got pushed back because of last years flooding.

"Again those projects are kind of weather dependent and hopefully will continue to work with us. There is some inconvenience and we realize that but we're hurrying along as best we can and push the contractors as soon as we can so we can get traffic patterns back to normal," said Thorson.

As of right now these projects are right on schedule. East 4th Street should be open for the cruise, but may have close again to finish the sidewalks.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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