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Plans moving forward for major road reconstruction in Cedar Falls

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Plans are moving forward to make improvements to some major roads, specifically one dangerous intersection in Eastern Iowa.

The proposal is a big one, it covers Highway 58 to Viking Road and from Route 20 to Greenhill Road in Cedar Falls.

The intersection of Highway 58 and Viking Road is listed #5 on Iowa's list of needed intersection improvements.

On Highway 58 alone, 168 accidents have been reported between 2008 and 2012.

At a meeting Tuesday, officials gathered to show residents the next step in their reconstruction and improvement plans.

Dozens showed up to the meeting, but not all are pleased with the impending changes.

Renderings show how traffic would flow through a single point interchange at Viking Road and Highway 58.

A single point interchange means all traffic flows through one traffic light.

"I think it'll be great when everything is complete," said Scott Scholz, a resident.

Scholz works at Martin Brothers near the intersection.

His concerns lie within the traffic flow during the construction process, since Highway 58 will have to be rebuilt under Viking Road.

"The congestion, we have a lot of inbound freight coming in, and all our Martin Brother trucks going out every day, we have about 100 trucks going out," said Scholz.

All those inbound and outbound semi trucks is what drove Carolyn Whitcomb to the meeting.

She lives off Highway 58 near the intersection, she says outside of her house is pretty noisy.  

"My bedroom window faces the back of the house, I wear ear plugs at night," said Whitcomb.

Whitcomb was hoping a sound barrier would be built in her backyard.

But no such luck, AECOM says decibel tests proved the noise level isn't high enough to constitute one.

There's many more factors to consider in the reconstruction of these roads, but with the crash rate at Highway 58 and Viking Road 40% higher than similar intersections in the state, the DOT hopes to get started soon.

If the construction begins, the DOT will place temporary improvements such as double-left turn lanes for certain intersections to help traffic flow.

Once funding is secured, the DOT hopes to start construction in January.

More information on the process can be found here and here.

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