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Greenhill and Rownd stoplight construction underway

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Construction for a stoplight on a well-known dangerous intersection is finally underway.

Cedar Falls residents rallied for the stoplight months ago, and now their voices are being heard.

In September, a car attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Rownd from Greenhill Rd crashed into another car and rolled over.

That family was trapped in the vehicle, and had to be cut out.

Jim Swanson lives a few houses down from that intersection, and he didn't see the crash, but he heard it.

"You used to be able to lay in the street and never get hurt, now there's so much traffic. It's really dangerous," he says.

He thinks the light is a necessity.

"If somebody turns, you can't see them coming, it's a dangerous intersection."

Valley Lutheran High School is on the other side of the intersection.

Principal Brian L'Heureux says they've been asking for a stoplight for years.

"The speed limit is 45 mph, and a lot of people travel faster. People gun it, trying to get across the intersection,  or they try to turn real quick but don't realize two lanes of traffic are coming," he says.

Having no light has been a major issue, but it's placement won't solve everything.

"People just need to be aware it's a dangerous intersection," says L'Heureux.

The light is expected to be up and running by the beginning of February.

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