Main Street Reconstruction

Cedar Falls is excited to kick off the Main Street Reconstruction Project! 

The project, located between Seerley Boulevard and 6th Street, will include a variety of enhancements to benefit our community including improved pavement conditions and traffic flow, increased safety, bicycle and pedestrian mobility, and economic growth and revitalization support. 

Stay updated on the progress by signing up for email/text notifications at www.cedarfalls.com/notifyme and selecting "Main Street Reconstruction" from the list of options. 

During construction, the Cedar Falls Downtown area remains open and ready to welcome you! Visit www.communitymainstreet.org to learn more about downtown businesses, news, and events.

About the Project

The project will include new pavement, on-street bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping, as well as upgrades to aging underground utilities (storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water main). During construction, traffic and access to businesses will be maintained. For full information on the reconstruction, the City invites you to visit the dedicated project website at www.cedarfallsmainstreetproject.com. On the website, you will find updates, overview and purpose, schedule, repository of project information, project team and contacts. You can track progress, learn about the project, and submit questions or comments.

We thank you for your support and look forward to a successful project that enhances the quality of life and growth within Cedar Falls.

Current Progress (2024)


Road Closure Notice

Main Street – From 10th Street to 13th Street

West 12th Street/Waterloo Road - From Washington Street to State Street

Beginning Monday, March 4, 2024, the contractor will begin the reconstruction of Main Street from the south side of the intersection of 10th Street to the north side of the intersection of 13th Street, as well as the reconstruction of West 12th Street/Waterloo Road from the Washington Street to State Street. For the contractor to begin pavement removal, a full road closure will be required. The road closure will be in effect for approximately sixteen (16) weeks, depending on the weather. Below you will find a map with the closure area highlighted.

The planned work for this street includes removal of the existing pavement, and driveway approaches, installation of new sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer, new concrete pavement and driveway approaches, and grass from the back of the new curb to the front edge of the sidewalk. Any landscaping, including plants and decorations located between the curb and the existing sidewalk is subject to removal by the contractor. If you intend to keep any of these materials, relocations outside of the right-of-way must take place ahead of the contractor to ensure they stay with the property.

Main Street Road Closure

For safety's sake, please stay away from the construction area. Heavy equipment will be moving back and forth on the closed street. It would be advisable to stay behind the sidewalk on the property side during the reconstruction work.

During the closure, alternate City garbage pickup points will be required for residents who normally place automated collection carts within the closure area of Main Street. Residents can place their collection carts on nearest adjacent side streets or along their rear yard alley (if applicable) as shown with the yellow boxes on the map. This should be done on the normal collection day for that particular street. Residents should have their carts out by 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection and brought in by 8:00 p.m. on the day of collection.

Yard waste collection carts can be placed curbside at the same location as the garbage collection carts for pickup. Yard waste may also be taken to the Transfer Station (1524 State Street) in any type of container when the Transfer Station is open.

If your mailbox is affixed to your home, mail delivery will not be impacted.

If you want additional information about the Main Street Reconstruction Project, please visit the project web page at www.cedarfallsmainstreetproject.com.

If you want to receive road closure notices by e-mail, visit www.cedarfalls.com/notify and follow the instructions for road construction as shown.

If you have any questions or concerns during construction, contact Ben Claypool, Cedar Falls City Principal Engineer, at  (319) 243-2704 or benjamin.claypool@cedarfalls.com.

Lane Closure

Beginning Monday, February 12, 2024, the contractor will be implementing a rolling closure to cut down the planned trees slated for removal during the 2024 Main Street Reconstruction Project’s planned work. To perform this activity, the contractor will be closing two lanes at a time, putting Main Street traffic into a head-to-head traffic pattern. For the larger trees, there will be brief moments where traffic is completely blocked while the tree is dropped and then dragged back into the closure area. Below you will find a map of the lane-restricted area.

This work is anticipated to occur over the following two weeks, weather permitting.

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