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University Ave. still causing headaches for drivers in Waterloo, Cedar Falls

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Workers at Midas Auto Service see University Avenue's issues first hand, every day they show up to work.

"It's in desperate need of repair, repavement," said Justin Glenney, owner and manager of Midas Auto Service.

Glenney has been the owner of the store for only a month, but in that month he's seen about a dozen vehicles come in with bent rims, flat tires, or suspension issues. He said that could cost the customer hundreds of dollars, even up to one thousand dollars.

"It could be if they need struts, rims and tires because of them that would be on the extreme side but it does happen quite a bit," said Glenney.

Pete Hjelmstad with the Iowa Department of Transportation says they have been patching potholes, but the rain has slowed the process. He says there isn't a plan to overhaul the road, but that's to be debated. 

"We are actually in progress or I guess in negotiations of T-Jing, transferring jurisdiction of University to Cedar Falls and Waterloo so that's playing a part as well. We are just doing what we can, looking at those negotiations and going from there," said Hjelmstad.

Officials with Waterloo and Cedar falls confirm they're working with the DOT on this, but it's not clear yet if a transfer of jurisdiction will happen.

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