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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Parents of students at Valley Lutheran school are concerned that nearly two months after a rollover car accident, Cedar Falls still hasn't installed the promised stoplight.

The crash happened in September at the intersection of Greenhill Rd and Rownd Dr.

And while that feels like a long time ago in the snow, the memories are still fresh in Jenny Bagenstos' mind.

She watched the family of five get cut out of their van, all while dropping her daughter off at Valley Lutheran.

“It's just a bad deal,” she said. “We've been saying this for over a year, and I don't know … I just don't know.”

All the people in that crash survived. The driver was cited for making a left turn in front of another vehicle.

But, after the accident, the city of Cedar Falls told KWWL they would begin construction on a stoplight by the end of October.

As of Nov. 21, only plotting flags were at the site.

Mayor Jon Crews said construction will likely not begin in-earnest until January.

“There's just stakes here,” Bagenstos said. “Nothing more has been done with it, so it makes me a little angry.”

The city has taken a few steps. They say the light has been ordered, and that the foundation will be built in November.

They've also installed a voluntary 35 MPH speed limit sign. The legal limit, however, is still 45.

Parents have previously voiced concerns about that, since drivers going only a few MPH over the limit can hit highway speeds in what is essentially a school zone.

We brought these concerns about the delay to Crews.

“Do you feel like a promise was broken there?” KWWL's Michael Crowe asked him.

“A promise?” he said. “We thought in terms of that being the goal … weather, manufacturing ... You can't do something faster than they get built.”

“Yeah, it's frustrating, it's very frustrating,” Bagenstos said. “I think when there's no accident, no people in the hospital, people calm down.”

But, she worries, because the danger is still there.

“I don't know where the dollars go for the city,” she said. “But I know stuff isn't being taken care of.”

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