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Update: University Avenue project affects business

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University Avenue project leaders will meet this month to talk about progress for the major road project.

It's starting to take shape in Cedar Falls right now with roundabouts, but two-way traffic is still flowing on one side of the road.

Project organizers say they're happy with progress they've made, but business owners along University say they're struggling.

Slowly but surely, University Avenue takes shape, but it's driving away business every day.

"They're not seeing us, so that's my problem," Shear Trust and Color manager, Erika Nielsen said.

Erika agrees the project needed to be done, but it broke ground at the worst possible time to start a new business.

"It really is. So many people have commented that they drive by it every day, and they didn't know we were here. I think that's not good. That's not what we want to hear," Nielsen said.

Despite recent weather concerns, construction workers stay busy with paving projects taking shape along University.

"I understand it has to be done. University has been definitely needing this for years, but as a business, it's having people use us a turn-around spot, it kind of hinders who can get into the spot and who can't," Nielsen said.

Nielsen said traffic along University is now boom or bust, depending on the time of day.

"Come 5:00 p.m. around here with the road construction, it's not fun," Nielsen said.

Project organizers hope to have traffic open on both sides of University by the end of November, but that progress will be discussed during the upcoming city council meeting October 17.

Project leaders said their main concern includes improving safety on University while minimizing the business impact during the project.

There will be six roundabouts when the project is finished.

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