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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Updates to University Avenue in Cedar Falls, but its not the updates many of us have been waiting for.
KWWL's Jessica Hartman was out on the road tonight speaking with drivers frustrated by a lack of change.

 That's right, the university avenue reconstruction project has been in the works since August of last year.
 And city officials tell me it will be at least an other six months before phase one of the project starts.
 Fresh paint along University Avenue in Cedar Falls, annual road maintenance, but not the facelift drivers are wanting.

 "And you can't even pick a lane that is better than any other lane. Their all bad," said Linda Miller.

The uneven pavement; the cracks, holes, and bumps are not easy on vehicles.
"Definitely on the tires for sure. There are so many potholes. It's really frustrating and Its been a problem for years and it never seems to get fixed," Clare Hanson.

That extra wear and tear is costing drivers anywhere from hundreds to thousands in repairs.

"Did $3,400 worth of body damage to a car where the tire exploded and the rim came a part. It shoved this A-arm back or forward and its not happy when this moves," said Chuck Ericson, owner of Ericson Automotive.

Between the pot holes, bumps, and rattling Its a pretty miserable ride down University Avenue and that has many drivers avoiding it at all costs.
"I personally keep my trucks off university avenue. A tire for my big truck is pushing $400 so I'll drive around," said Chuck Ericson.

"I'm taking Ridgeway, I'm taking Rainbow because this road is such junk that its crazy to take it," said Miller.

Ericson tells me if you can't avoid University, slowing down is the next best option to help prevent damage to your vehicle.
City engineers say they are completing the necessary paperwork and hope to begin in early spring of next year.

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