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Local business forced to move due to construction on 218

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A local market is forced to move after construction blocks most of the routes to get there.

The Iowa DOT closed county road C57, on both sides of U.S. 218 between Cedar Falls and Janesville for construction of a new highway interchange.

Many of you may have passed by Rogers Market when driving on 218, you can't miss it. The market owner says the stand has been there more than 20 years, but now he is forced to close and move elsewhere.

The construction on highway 218 is a familiar sight for many Iowans and for Rogers Market owner, Matt Christopher. It's something he's been looking at for months.

"We built this one in 1993 and opened in 1994 and we had a permanent easement onto the highway, that was our big thing, we would always be able to sell here and now we can't," said Matt Christopher, Rogers Market owner.

Christopher can't continue to sell his produce on the side of 218 because of the recent road reconstruction plan.

"Well, they are barricading our roads. Every side road from Janesville to Cedar Falls, once they open C57, they will be barricaded," said Christopher.

All of the access roads that lead to Rogers Market will be barricaded in the next couple of months, forcing Christopher to move his stand.

"So then we can't be here because it will be almost three miles on gravel, one direction just to get to this position, so no one is gonna drive on gravel that far to get here," said Christopher.

Christopher is worried business will slow down, but he hopeful his loyal customers will keep his 100-year-old family business alive.

"There will still always be people that come over there, but if I sit there all day long and I don't sell anything because there are only a few loyal customers that are coming, there's no point in doing this anymore," said Christopher.

Christopher does plan on opening the market next season at the original location of Rogers Market on Waverly Road.

According to the DOT's website the construction should be complete the second week of November.

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