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New Waterloo Hy-Vee could bring added traffic to busy area

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A brand new 31,000 square foot Hy-Vee grocery store will open its doors in Waterloo Tuesday.  The new store is located near the busy Ansborough and Ridgeway intersection and it replaces the Hy-Vee store on Byron Avenue.

While many who live in the neighborhood are excited to have a new grocery store nearby, there are concerns about adding more traffic to an already busy area.

Gary Weichman and his wife have lived along busy Ansborough Avenue for 38 years, 

"There's four neighbors here.  We've all been tail ended at least once trying to get into our driveway.  A couple of the families have been hit twice.  I'd like to see them slow the traffic down to 25 miles per hour for the little stretch here," Weichman said.

Despite those traffic woes, he and other neighbors are looking forward to the convenience of a brand new Hy-Vee store opening just across Ansborough.  But they do have concerns that the store could bring more traffic and accidents to an already hectic street.

"It's been so much traffic already.  There's been a couple of accidents.  But you know, nobody's gotten hurt too bad.  So hopefully nothing else will happen," said Weichman.

Hy-Vee is expected to be busy, especially after its grand opening Tuesday, when customers are getting their first change to check out the new store.  And the store's director says he's talked with the city about options for improving traffic flow in the area.

"I did ask them about a turning lane at one point.  And they're just going to look into it and see if the volume demands that," said store director Dave Bowling.

But for now, Bowling isn't too concerned about traffic tie-ups.  The new Hy-Vee offers two entrances:  one on Ansborough and another one on West Fourth.  An employee parking lot is also being built off West Fourth to help push some of the extra traffic away from Ansborough Avenue.

The city of Waterloo says it did not conduct a traffic study ahead of the new store opening because the location has previously been home to a grocery store.  But if the new Hy-Vee does significantly add to the traffic volume in the area, the store can ask the city to conduct a formal traffic study to see if improvements area needed.

The new Hy-Vee officially opens to the public Tuesday at 6 a.m.

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