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Construction causes inconvenience in downtown Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Warmer weather means construction season and for many across eastern Iowa it can cause some day-to-day headaches. 

If you work, live or are planning on visiting downtown Cedar Rapids, you'll want to prepare for construction. 

On the bight side City Engineer Nate Kampman says it it won't last forever. 

"It will return to more of a normal here pretty shortly within I'd say 3 to 4 weeks," Kampman told us. 

Construction crews are resurfacing the road along 2nd Avenue SE forcing closures of several side roads that connect 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue. 

"They're trying to kind of alternate them to make sure there is access up and down the corridor here," says Kampman.

Crews are helping to direct drivers, meanwhile walkers are dealing with closed sidewalks. 

It may look like a mess right now but we are told it's all part of the larger plan to turn downtown one-ways into two-ways. 

"This is, this is one of the last ones we'll have. Next year we should finish up the downtown conversions," Kampman says. 

While the 2nd Avenue project should be done in plenty of time there is more construction to come this summer that will be going on during the popular farmer's market and the upcoming Newbo Evolve event, both of which are expected to bring thousands of people downtown. 

"There will be construction going on but we've been working to accommodate those disruptions for those events," Kampman told us. 

This week crews are working on the north half of second avenue, next week they'll move to the south half. 

The City will be hosting an open house about the construction on May 4th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Economic Alliance. 

When the roadwork is done on 2nd Avenue, the railroad that runs through downtown will need to add new crossing arms and gates, that work is expected to take another three to four weeks. 

In addition to 2nd Avenue work, crews are doing work on 5th Street SE so the intersection of 5th Avenue and 5th Street will be closed for about three weeks. 

To stay updated on roads impacted by construction you can visit the city's website at : http://www.cedar-rapids.org/local_government/departments_g_-_v/public_works/construction.php

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