Police urge caution when traveling on Highway 58 in Cedar Falls
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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -
Doug Powell started his business, Edible Arrangements, near Highway 58 in Cedar Falls less than a year ago.
He says he loves the traffic for his business, but driving on that highway can be a pain.
"At some of the peak times when the businesses are letting their employees go and obviously now during the holiday season," said Powell.
Cedar Falls city officials say Highway 58 between Viking Road and Greenhill Road has become busier than anticipated, especially with several new stores in the area.
"The primary problem is traffic turning off of Highway 58 left onto Viking when they're southbound. (They) get backed up beyond that turn lane and you have traffic that's traveling at 55 miles per hour speed and suddenly there's vehicles either stopped or moving very, very slowly in front of them and that's where most of the problems are occurring," said Jeff Olson, Cedar Falls Police Chief.
Olson says in 2013 they saw more than 100 accidents on Highway 58 near Viking Road.
"A week ago Friday there was three accidents out there on 58 between Viking and Greenhill within a couple hours period. One was a two car, one was a three car, and one was a five car accident that occurred there," said Olson.
The Iowa DOT and the city have put funding aside for changes to Highway 58 in the year 2017. Olson says that could include an overpass and some exit ramps, but they are still in the planning stage.
For now, Cedar Falls Police are asking for people to take Cedar Heights Drive or Hudson Road to help ease the congestion and lessen the danger on highway 58.
They also say in 2014, the city plans to open Prairie Parkway, located just east of Highway 58. They hope that four lane road will help reduce traffic on Highway 58 as well.
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