Project History

June 3, 2019 Press Release:  West 1st Street/Hwy 57 Open House Announced:

CedarFalls – Beginning Monday, July 8, 2019, Stage 1 of thereconstruction of W 1st Street/ Highway 57 will begin.  In preparation forthe project, the public is invited to attend a construction details open housethat the Iowa DOT and City of Cedar Falls will be hosting on Tuesday, June 11th,5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, at the Cedar Falls School Administration offices located at1002 W 1st St. in Cedar Falls. 

The meeting will discuss one-on-one construction concernsresidents may have and also circumstances where affected residents may need tocoordinate with the city. 

The first part of the reconstruction project includes aclosure of W 1st Street between Walnut and Iowa Streets, to reconstruct therailroad crossing.  This closure will be in place for approximately 60calendar days. After the railroad crossing has been completed, traffic will bemaintained throughout construction with at least one travel lane in eachdirection. Residential driveways will be maintained along with signed businessaccesses throughout construction.  

This summer’s work will occur in several stages: railroadclosure, work on the south half of the road, and then the north half of theroad. During construction, cones will be in place restricting the ability toturn left. These cones will run the length of the Phase 1 construction zone:Franklin/Center St. to Walnut St.  

Phase 1 is planned for completion by November 2019. Over the winter, all cones will be removed and the road will be fully open to two lanes of traffic in each direction.  Construction will resume in 2020, on Phase 2.  Phase 3 will be completed by the end of 2021. Construction of each phase includes reduced lanes, similar to Phase 1, as well as completion before winter.   

January 25, 2018 Public Meeting Update: 

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.

Public Meeting November 17, 2015

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