UNIVERSITY AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY
Iowa House of Representatives
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
UNIVERSITY AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY;
MORE MUST BE DONE
Cedar Falls, Iowa – State Representative Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls said today that improvements to University Avenue are in the works, according to Iowa Department of Transportation officials.
“As residents of the Cedar Valley, we all know that University Avenue from Waterloo to Cedar Falls has some significant problems and I believe it is time for improvements,” said Kressig. “I have also heard from local businesses on University Avenue who are losing business because many citizens use alternate routes to avoid it.”
“After contacting the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), I have learned there are improvement projects in the works for both the Cedar Falls and Waterloo portions of University Avenue. Both projects should be completed over the next year,” said Kressig.
According to the DOT, one project is for the rubblization of University Avenue in Waterloo. The existing asphalt surface will be removed and the concrete pavement underneath will be crushed into place to create a uniform layer of material which should provide for better drainage. The asphalt surface will then be replaced. The second project in Cedar Falls involves sealing the surface of the roadway to prevent, or at least minimize, water from entering the cracks/joints in the surface.
University Avenue was originally constructed as a 4-lane highway and expanded in the early 1970’s. Unfortunately, under the outside traffic lanes, the rock used in the expansion was poor quality according to today’s standards. As water continually freezes and thaws, the rock tends to break resulting in pavement cracks, allowing more water in the pavement, and making the problem worse as time goes on. Over the years, the DOT has tried to improve the quality of the road, including a new drainage system to drain the water away from the pavement.
“While I believe the scheduled improvements will make a significant difference, it will not solve all of the problems with University Avenue. It will take a significant financial investment from our local governments and the DOT to finish all the improvements,” concluded Kressig. “I want to assure Cedar Valley residents that the DOT and local officials are working together to find the best solution that uses our taxpayer funds in the most efficient manner. I also want to urge members of the community to contact DOT commission members, who decide where state road moneys are spent, and encourage them to direct any unused funds or additional revenues to this project. As one of the main arteries in our community, we need them to understand the importance of improving all of University Avenue.”
Contact information for the commissioners is available at www.dot.state.ia.us/commission/commission.htm.