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Roger's Market relocating after construction

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A possible solution to a deadly intersection in eastern Iowa is the C57 interchange over 218, and it is set to open Friday.

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson worked to change this intersection saying he's been to too many accidents at this location.

Opening this overpass will barricade off three gravel roads including Gresham Road where Roger's Market is located.

The market has been cleared out Thursday after it is forced to close because of the interchange.

Roger's Market opened on Highway 218 in 1994. After more than 20 years of selling fresh produce to people traveling down the highway the owners closed their doors for the last time.

Market owner, Matt Christopher's main concern is if customers will be able to find the new stand.

"So I've got like two to three weeks still to be open, but not here," said Christopher. "So everybody is going to have to try and find me over there."

Roger's Market has been in the family for four generations. Christopher's great grandmother built the first stand, "She built the stand that was there, then we built this one in 1994, now I have to go into a different one again," said Christopher.

Now moving day has come, "Usually at the end of the year the bins are always empty, but not when we are still open," said Christopher.

Even though Christopher was forced to close his stand on Gresham Road, he says opening the new location has its positives.

The new indoor stand is larger and located on Waverly Road, something Christopher says is a plus, but he is sad to see the 22-year-old stand go.

"Sad to see it not be the stand anymore, but we've known it's been coming for years because they've been talking about building it with all the different meetings and everything, but we still don't want it to happen," said Christopher.

The market and farming is the only source of income Matt Christopher has, and he is hopeful the market will continue to be successful in the new location.

The Iowa DOT says the C57 interchange should be open Friday morning.

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