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Road construction season expected to be busy

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The start of spring usually means warmer temperatures and longer days, but it also means the start of construction season on Iowa roadways.

Crews with the Iowa DOT are expected to be busy. While there is some new construction like expanding Highway 63 in Bremer County to a four lane, they will also be repairing older roads.

"Other than the Highway 20 corridor in western Iowa which is new construction and some by-passes down in southeastern Iowa by Fort Madison, it's primarily bridge repair replacement and roadway repairs," said Mark Bortle, the Traffic and Safety Engineer for the Iowa DOT.

Eric Thorson, a Waterloo City Engineer, says the city has a number of projects in the works including changes to the Highway 63 and Ridgeway Avenue interchange. Work was supposed to have started on Wednesday, but weather has delayed the project.

"We sill have some freezing temperatures at night and it looks as though the forecast for the next week or so is going to have some quite a few degrees below freezing each night so that slows us down a little bit in the spring and of course we need things to dry out a little bit too," said Thorson.

Along with construction comes inconveniences for drivers, but officials ask drivers to keep an open mind and be cautious.

"As always we ask the public to be patient with us during the construction season. We know there will be some disruptions and a little inconvenience when we're working, but hopefully people will be pleased with the projects when we're finished," said Thorson.

"The workers out there, that's their office so the safer we can make it for everybody the safer it is for the workers out there on the projects," said Bortle.

The City of Waterloo is also working with the Iowa DOT on the Highway 63 north corridor project. A number of homes have already been moved and city engineers will be meeting with state officials to figure out a timeline on construction.

 

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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