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Cedar Falls looking to improve 1st Street


The City of Cedar Falls is looking to get the ball rolling on an update to 1st Street. City officials had a study put together to find out how they could repair the road and improve traffic flow between Main Street and Hudson Road. Several designs were created, but it might be some time before any construction begins.

Ron Gaines is the Director of Developmental Services for the City of Cedar Falls and he says with 1st Street falling into disrepair city officials think it's a good time to update the road. Those updates could include replacing utilities that run along and under the roadway.

"We've looked at everything from adding on street bike accommodations to narrowing the roadway to a three lane section to all the way to expanding it to a five lane section. All of those are still conceptual ideas that are still alive," said Gaines.

While the City of Cedar Falls had the study done, they won't be the only ones to have a say in what will actually be renovated. The road is owned and maintained by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

"Currently the Iowa DOT doesn't have any funding for this roadway so that's why the city initiated a study to see what we should do for repairs in the long term," said Gaines.

These renovations will not be cheap.

"It could be several million dollars, any where up to six million dollars depending on what some of the concepts that they go with into a further design," said Gaines.

The study was presented to the Cedar Falls City Council on Monday. Next it will be shown to officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The Iowa DOT will have the final say on the design.

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