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University Avenue reopens as reconstruction project finally finishes up

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WATEROO, Iowa (KWWL) - After over three years of reconstruction, the University Avenue project is finally coming to an end. The street opened back up to the public Wednesday morning. 

The $38 million project has been a bit painful for Cedar Valley residents needing to follow detours and navigate lane closures. On the flip side, new pavement, a roundabout, and walking and bike accessibility has been added to the corridor between Waterloo and Cedar Falls. 

"Construction is a sign of progress so we’re proud of this project and everyone I’ve spoken to is absolutely proud of this project. It’s something our businesses should appreciate, and our residents, to be able to have accessibility along this corridor,” Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart said. 

Businesses located within the final stretch of University Avenue to be completed will now have easier access to their parking lots. 

At least one lane will be open for the first few weeks the street is reopen while finishing touches are competed.

"What I like to see is the fact that this road was in bad repair, it needed repair, and to be able to see it finally come to fruition, and it's beautiful and it has all of those amenities for our citizens, it really makes me a proud mayor and a proud resident of the city of waterloo and the Cedar Valley,” Mayor Hart. 

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of the University Avenue Reconstruction Project.