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Drivers raise concern about Highway 58

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Drivers passing through Cedar Falls say not only is Highway 58 a headache, but also a real danger to those on the road.

A fatal crash took place at Highway 58 and Greenhill Rd. Monday. In 2014, the intersection saw 34 crashes, while Highway 58 and Viking Rd. had 51 crashes.

Cedar Falls Police say the stretch of 58 that runs through Cedar Falls city limits was home to 201 crashes last year.

"Highway 58 is the most heavily traveled road in the city of Cedar Falls," Police Chief Jeff Olson said.

Some advise avoiding the intersection of Viking Rd. and 58, but for those living and working in the area, it's difficult.

Jim Nuss is a machinist at Viking Pump. Nuss travels through the intersection every day.

"It's crazy. Traffic gets backed up so far."

Nuss sees the lines of cars and the left turn signals blinking often. He says he's had several close calls in the area.

"Riding a bike I used to go through that intersection and I completely stopped doing that, because I was literally almost ran down quite a few times actually."

Chief Olson says roughly 80,000 cars pass through Viking Rd. and 58 on a daily basis. He says many of the accidents are caused by drivers' errors, coupled with a 55 mile per hour speed limit, and many drivers making left turns.

Police say an overpass will be built at Viking Rd. and 58, hoping to alleviate many of the traffic problems. Construction on the $26 million project is set to begin in 2017.

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