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Dubuque Road back open and safer for traffic

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by Danielle Wagner

EVANSDALE (KWWL) A once buckled and bumpy road in Black Hawk County is now smooth for area drivers.

Several years ago, the City of Evansdale replaced one lane on each side of Dubuque Road, but the inside lanes remained nearly undriveable and dangerous.

At least one direction of the road has been closed since mid-August for more construction.

But Thursday afternoon, crews removed the final barricades.

"We set a goal in the beginning, which we thought was a little unrealistic to have it done by the end of September, and they did it," said Evansdale Mayor Chad Deutsch.

Deutsch said the concrete underneath the road was broken at all the joints, causing heaves.

The Iowa Department of Transportation covered 80 percent of the $900,000 cost as part of federal highway funds. The work was done by Cedar Valley Corp. of Waterloo.

"It entailed removing three to four inches of asphalt, 10 inches of old concrete and what we did was recycle that into the base for our pavement so we were able to get some cost savings for the City of Evansdale and use recycled asphalt for the shoulder project at the end," said Tom Bonner.

Project Manager Tom Bonner remembers how bumpy the road was before.

"I have driven it before. I tried to avoid it. Stay out on highway 20, but now I'll take this way into the office. I live in the Iowa City area so I'll make a point to drive this way and hope everybody else uses the inside lanes now too," said Bonner.

With construction complete, the Evansdale City Council is working to pass an ordinance to raise the speed limit back to 55 miles per hour. It was lowered to 45 several years ago when the road was deemed unsafe.

"I think the community was very concerned when they lowered it to 45 and thought it would stay that way and a few council members remembered that," said Deutsch.

The first reading of the ordinance already passed, Mayor Deutsch expects both the second and third readings to pass at the next council meeting October 5th.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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