Special Roadway Corridor Projects

  1. W. 1st Street Corridor
  2. Center Street Trail & Roadway
  3. Main Street Corridor
  4. University Avenue Corridor
  5. Highway 58 Corridor
  6. Greenhill Road Corridor

The Iowa DOT is also doing construction in Cedar Falls. 
For more information about projects in Black Hawk and Bremer counties, follow the Black Hawk and Bremer County Construction Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BlackHawkBremerCo#!BlackHawkBremerCo

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Starting in the 2019 construction season, the Iowa Department of Transportation will begin reconstruction of Highway 57, known as W. 1st Street, from Hudson Road to Franklin Street. The proposed improvements include removal and rebuilding of the roadway to a 5-lane roadway and replacing storm sewer, water main, and sanitary sewer. Construction will happen during the next three construction seasons.


Below are the limits of construction for each year: 
Phase I: Franklin Street to Walnut Street: July–November 2019
Phase I: Railroad Closure: July–early September 2, 2019
Phase II: Walnut Street to Ellen Street: April 2020–November 2020
Phase III: Ellen Street to Hudson Road: April 2021–October 2021

Once construction begins this summer, the contractor will work on paving and underground utilities between Franklin Street and Walnut Street. A temporary detour will be in place for approximately 60 days starting on July 8, between the blocks of Walnut Street and Iowa Street. This closure will be required for the reconstruction of the Iowa Northern Railroad’s crossing. After the railroad crossing is completed, this section will re-open allowing at least one travel lane in each direction. Access to residential driveways will be maintained along with signs to business accesses throughout the remainder of construction.

The City of Cedar Falls and the Iowa Department of Transportation held a Public Information Meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018, to discuss the proposed West First Street / IA 57 Reconstruction Project.  The project will consist of the reconstruction of West First Street / IA 57 from Highland Drive to Franklin/Center Street. The existing four lane roadway will be replaced with a five lane roadway that has a center left turn lane. The project will include improvements to the sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer, and other miscellaneous roadway items.

Iowa DOT Project Contact: 
Ron Loecher, Resident Engineer, 641-394-3161, Ron.Loecher@iowadot.us

City of Cedar Falls Project Contact:
Chase Schrage, Principal Engineer, 319-268-5170, Chase.Schrage@cedarfalls.com
Stephanie Sheetz, Director of Community Development, 319-268-5151, Stephanie.Sheetz@cedarfalls.com


The following information was available at the public informational meeting:

Meeting Notice

Meeting Handout

Project Comment Sheet (comments due on February 1, 2018)

Meeting Exhibits

Presentation Slides

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W. 1st Street/Iowa 57 Updated Corridor Strip Map

W. 1st Street/Iowa 57 Cross Section

Project Schedule

The Environmental Assessment (EA) has been completed and the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was approved and signed on September 22, 2016 The next steps in the project include meeting with the IDOT to review the cost share for the project and initiate the final design.

A public hearing for the proposed improvements to W. 1st Street/Iowa 57 from Highland Drive to Franklin Street/Center Street was on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Cedar Falls Community Center, 528 Main Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa. The following information was be presented at the public hearing:

W. 1st Street/Iowa 57 Environmental Assessment

W. 1st Street/Iowa 57 Public Hearing Notice

W. 1st Street/Iowa 57 Public Hearing Handout

W. 1st Street/Iowa 57 Corridor Strip Map

W. 1st Street/Iowa 57 Public Hearing Comment Sheet

W. 1st Street/Iowa 57 Public Hearing Video Presentation

The second public open house for this project was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in the City Hall Council Chambers from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The following information was presented at the open house:

4-22-14 Open House Presentation Boards

Meeting Handout

W. 1st Street Alternative 1 - 4 lane roadway

W. 1st Street Alternative 2 - 3 lane roadway

W. 1st Street Alternative 3a - 5 lane roadway (67' wide)

W. 1st Street Alternative 3b - 5 lane roadway (58' wide)

The first public open house for this project was held on Thursday, December 5, 2013. The following links with provide the information from the open house:

Purpose and Need Statement

Presentation Boards