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College Street Open to Traffic

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(CEDAR FALLS) Traffic is flowing once again on College Street in Cedar Falls. Students, business owners and patrons are happy to be back to normal.

"We usually come for lunch or go to Mohair Pear," said Chelsea Behrens.

Chelsea Behrens is glad she doesn't have to walk as far to get to her College Street destination.

"It's not hard to get to where you want to go and you don't have to avoid College Street anymore," she said.

The construction did affect businesses, especially ones that don't have back door access.

University Book and Supply President Rosalyn Lorenz said she heard complaints, but the construction project is well worth the inconvenience.

"Students and faculty and community and administration will be coming up here as an alternative to other places in town," said Lorenz.

The goal is to make The Hill a destination point.

"The Hill is a gateway. Students come here and other people come here from all around the country and the first thing they see sometimes is College Hill. So being able to have College Hill be very aesthetically pleasing and to have it be vibrant economically is something that benefits all people who live, work and play on the hill," said College Hill Partnership Coordinator Adam Bentley.

It's hard to see the new street under all the snow and ice, but College Hill Partnership members say "Hill Yes!" to the improvements and hope community members shop locally to show their support too.

The College Hill project isn't completely done. When the weather gets better the sidewalks need to be finished, banners will be added, benches set up and some type of plantings.

The road construction in Cedar Falls isn't done either. Next summer another popular route, 23rd street will be closed.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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