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Hwy 63 detour brings dilemma for Salvation Army

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A major reconstruction project is bringing headaches in its first week.

Work on the Highway 63 project in Waterloo has meant detours and delays for drivers, but now problems are spilling into businesses nearby. 

Instead of taking the marked detours, drivers are cutting through the Salvation Army's parking lot at a high rate of speed. The non-profit is asking drivers to stop using their parking lot as a shortcut for everyones safety. 

Drivers are using their parking lot to cut from Logan avenue to Franklin, and the Salvation Army says they've already seen too many close calls. 

The Salvation Army says they have a number of people constantly coming in and out of their building. From clinics to food giveaways, they have volunteers and staff, kids and seniors all pedestrian traffic. A majority of their traffic is also riding through their parking lot on bikes.

"We've had some people flying through," Major Harold Poff. "Some of my staff have nearly been hit, because there's a blind corner in the back of the building where people come around and when they do you can't see that there are people. It's really becoming a safety issue and a great concern for us."

The non-profit will be closing the gates in their parking lot at 3:00 pm every day to ensure the safety for their younger kids in their after school program. 

Drivers should be following the guided detour signs. 

The Salvation Army will also be forced to close their building on Tuesday because crews will be shutting off their water because of the road construction work.

The 63 project is expected to take two years to complete. For more information on the project, click here.

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