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UPDATE: Cedar Falls approves new Greenhill roundabout

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UPDATE: Cedar Falls City Council voted in favor of putting a roundabout at the Greenhill Intersection near Fareway on a 6-1 margin during Monday night's meeting. The one dissenting voice is Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Dave Sires.

As the projects moves forward, the Council will receive bids for the project and work-up a contract with the low-bid contractor.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Millions of dollars will be at the center of talks at Cedar Fall City Council Monday night at both the regular city council meeting and a committee of the whole meeting. 

Mayor Rob Green offered a quick preview on his Facebook page as he does before most council meetings. At hand Monday night is the consideration of adding a roundabout at the Greenhill Road and Main Street intersection. 

The project would cost roughly $3.34 million dollars. City documents show that would include, 10,555 sy of new pavement, 350 sy of sidewalk/trail, retaining wall and fencing, 1,156 lf of storm sewer, 1,340 lf of water main, landscaping, and roadway lighting."

The project would be funded through a number of thing such as sales tax, state funds, and more. 

Prior to that discussion at City Council Committee of the Whole, a presentation from consulting firm Foth will discuss the Main Street Reconstruction project. 

This comes after a 2017 traffic study identified how the street could be improved including a goal of transitioning to a 3 lane corridor with on-street bike lanes. Documents for the meeting show that because of the number of new councilmembers since 2017, a second presentation was requested to go over the findings. Council also asked for a design option for a roundabout at the 6th St and Main St intersection. 

The preview of the presentation posted online compares adding a roundabout or replacing the traffic signal. Adding a roundabout would cost more up-front but Foth's consultants project a 20-year user cost savings of $2.9 million dollars. 

A roundabout would have a great physical impact on the surrounding properties, as the Cedar Falls Public Library would lose between 10-13 parking spaces. It would also affect some of the nearby properties including Casey's gas station. 

Safety is also a big talking point of the project, with the presentation stating that it would improve safety for drivers and pedestrians. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety cites studies showing a 72-80 percent in reductions in crashes resulting in injury. 

With several right-of-way acquisitions needing to take place first, it's expected work wouldn't begin until spring of 2023 with a 3 year construction schedule. 

"It's also a night for finance, with several funds transfers up for council approval," Mayor Green wrote on Facebook. 

Another major item before council tonight is an audit report that examines how city is managing its overall finances. 

The City Council Committee of the Whole meeting starts at 5:45 p.m. Monday, November 15th and the regular council meeting starts at 7 p.m. 

You can watch the meetings on the city's YouTube page here.

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