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Groundbreaking for Southwest Arterial project in Dubuque, affecting some

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The groundbreaking for a new phase of the Southwest Arterial happening today in Dubuque.

It will give people another option for driving through the southwestern portion of the city, connecting Highway 20 to Highway 61/151.

The arterial will stretch just over six miles, and be a four lane divided highway. 

While it's meant to decrease traffic in residential areas, the construction will cause an inconvenience to some, including some homeowners and businesses in the area. 

People living on Cousins Road used to be able to drive directly to Highway 20, but now have to take a longer route to get there.

The project also impacting those along Seippel Road. "Construction going on, we're kinda at the dead end of a road right now, so it's just a little more confusion for the consumers to find us but with the right signage we think we can get around that, long term it'll be a good spot, an excellent spot," said Michael Gantz, co-owner of Verena Street Coffee Co.

The Dubuque based company is relocating operations to Industrial Center South. Gantz is concerned road closures in the area will puzzle customers. "The signs say road closed way before it actually is closed...but customers can come down, they can access the facility, it's just closed maybe  a quarter mile beyond our facility," he said.

The arterial project is scheduled to be complete late 2019.

Gantz says he didn't expect it to take so long, but knows it'll be beneficial. 

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