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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - It's getting tough to miss these bumps on University Avenue in Cedar Falls. But the fix isn't as easy as just laying down new pavement.

"There are things underneath the road that we need to dig completely out and replace in order to put the pavement back down the way it needs to be," said Molly Long with Foth Infrastructure and Environment.

In May of last year, the Department of Transportation transferred jurisdiction to Cedar Falls for their section of the road. 

For the first time heading into construction season, the city is in charge of the road -- and that also means a chance to try something new.

"We're hoping to go forward with the design as soon as the council makes a decision," said Long. 

That decision would be on how to move forward on the two-mile stretch of Cedar Falls' section of University (Highway 58 to Midway Ave). 

There are three concepts on the table:

1. All traffic signals at the current signalized intersections;

2. Traffic signals throughout, except roundabouts at Waterloo Road and Cedar Heights; or

3. Roundabouts throughout, except at Rownd and Midway.

Experts say there is a safety aspect when it comes to roundabouts.

"Roundabouts reduce really the amount of severe accidents that happen at intersections significantly and there's a value associated with that," said Aaron Moniza with Foth Infrastructure and Environment.

Along with that safety aspect, they say this proposal will get you from one place to another much quicker than with stop lights.

The Cedar Falls City Council will look at thee different proposals for University Avenue on Monday.

There's a public open house from 4 to 6 p.m., with the special city council meeting on the project starting right after.

The City of Cedar Falls has set up a special website for the project: http://www.cedarfalls-universityaveproject.com/
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