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Road construction delays continue

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by Bob Waters

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- You've probably noticed the street construction still going on in many eastern Iowa cities.

It still may be a few weeks before detour signs are packed away for the winter.

Construction projects across the area were delayed after a rainy spring followed by the floods of 2008.

Those streets not underwater, yet still in need of repair, sat dormant for a few weeks while emergency repairs were made in flood-damaged areas.

It may be October but this month will be prime construction season.

Bad weather in the spring and first part of summer put crews behind.

Now, they're trying to catch up before winter sets in.

"I've been here 30 years. It's the most unusual year I've ever seen. We got about 1/3 of our construction done in the first half of the season. Now, we have 2/3 to accomplish in the back half," says Aspro, Inc. Vice President Milt Dakovich.

In Waterloo, road reconstruction continues on Rainbow Drive, Hammond Avenue, Ridgeway Avenue, and Williston Streets to name a few.

City leaders say you may notice construction more because those roads carry heavier traffic loads.

It's also why you may have seen road closed signs disappear one week and reappear the next week on the same street.

"We try to keep segments as small as possible so people don't have to go so far. You'll see us on some streets like Rainbow and Ridgeway, it looks like we're done and oh my, we're starting another section. That's why we do that," says Dakovich.

Besides the floods and rainy weather, part of the problem this year has been the response to it all. Sometimes there've been delays just because utility crews have been diverted to other places before they can come back and do their work on construction sites.

In Waterloo, road reconstruction projects currently underway are expected to be finished within the next month or so.

Until then, factor in extra time to detour.

To see the city of Waterloo's latest road construction update, click here

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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