Main Street Reconstruction

Cedar Falls is excited to launch 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.comOn 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

 

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 drug 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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Beginning Monday, July 24, 2023, the contractor will begin the reconstruction of Main Street from the current construction limits at 22nd Street to the north side of the existing closure limits at Seerley Blvd. In order for the contractor to begin pavement removal, a full road closure will be required. The road closure will be in effect for approximately twelve (12) weeks, depending on the weather. Attached you will find a map with the closure area highlighted. Residential access for the properties on the west side of Main Street will be maintained via a gravel surface off of W 22nd Street.

 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 are subject for 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.

22nd to Seerley 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.

 Temporary mailbox locations will be placed along Seerley Blvd and W 22nd Street as shown on the attached map.

 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 as shown with the yellow boxes on the map. This should be done on the normal collection day for that particular street.

 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 in any type of container when the transfer station is open. 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.

 If you want additional information about the Main Street Construction 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 the course of construction you may contact me by phone or e-mail as listed below. 

Benjamin Claypool, Principal Engineer, PE, PhD

Phone: (319) 243-2704

E-mail: benjamin.claypool@cedarfalls.com 


Beginning Monday, July 24, 2023 the contractor will begin the reconstruction of Main Street from the current construction limits at 10th Street to the north side of the intersection of 11th Street. In order for the contractor to begin pavement removal, a full road closure will be required. The road closure will be in effect for approximately twelve (12) weeks, depending on the weather. Attached you will find a map with the closure area highlighted. Residential access will be maintained via the alleyways on the back side of these properties. A shorter closure of approximately two (2) weeks will occur at the intersection of 11th and Main as the contractor ties in the new sanitary sewer.Main Street Road Closure 10th to 11th

 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 are subject for 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 

 

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 as shown with the yellow boxes on the map. This should be done on the normal collection day for that particular street.

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 in any type of container when the transfer station is open.

For your convenience, we have included labels to be placed on the back of the collection carts (for those with City collection carts) for your use. 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.

 If you want additional information about the Main Street Construction 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 the course of construction you may contact me by phone or e-mail as listed below. 

 Sincerely,

 

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Benjamin Claypool, Principal Engineer, PE, PhD

Phone: (319) 243-2704

E-mail: benjamin.claypool@cedarfalls.com 

 

 

Beginning Thursday, July 6th, 2023 the contractor will continue with Main Street Reconstruction. In order for the contractor to complete portions of utility work, a full road closure from 10th Street through 11th Street will be required. The road closure will be in effect for approximately two (2) days, depending on the weather. Below, you will find a map with the closure area highlighted.

Main St. 10th to 11th Street Map

The planned work for this street includes removal of the existing pavement, and installation of new water main and storm sewer (and sanitary sewer manholes), new concrete pavement and driveway approaches, and sod from the back of the new curb to the front edge of the sidewalk or right-of-way limits. 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.


Beginning Monday, June 19, 2023 the contractor will begin the reconstruction of Main Street from the current construction limits at 21st Street to the north side of the intersection of 22nd Street. In order for the contractor to begin pavement removal, a full road closure will be required. The road closure will be in effect for approximately twelve (12) weeks, depending on the weather. Attached you will find a map with the closure area highlighted. Residential access will be maintained for the homes on the west side of Main Street.

Main Street Closure Map for East 21st Street through East 22nd Street

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 are subject for 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. 

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.

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 in any type of container when the transfer station is open.

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.

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

If you want additional information about the Main Street Construction 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 the course of construction, you may contact me by phone or e-mail as listed below. 

Sincerely,

Ben Claypool, Civil Engineer II, PhD, EI

Phone: (319) 243-2704

E-mail: benjamin.claypool@cedarfalls.com 

 


Beginning Thursday, April 27th, 2023, the contractor will begin removals at the intersection of Seerley Blvd and Main Street as part of the Main Street Reconstruction project. In order to remove the pavement and associated box culvert, the contractor will require a full road closure for most of the construction season. The long duration is anticipated as the contractor will be pouring in place a new box culvert while working around a significant communications utility line, then continuing with the water main and storm sewer ahead of the roundabout paving. The central landscaping of this roundabout will include a clock tower. Traffic detours for Main Street will remain the same by utilizing the University Avenue and W 18th Street accesses to Highway 27/58.

Below you will find a map of the closure area:

Beginning Monday, April 3rd, 2023 the contractor will begin working on the Main Street Reconstruction project. In order for the contractor to begin the work, a full road closure will be required. The work will begin in two locations: Main Street from 6th Street to 9th Street and Main Street from the south side of the 18th Street intersection to 21st Street. Below you will find two maps of the closure areas. The duration of these closures will be approximately twelve (12) weeks and the boundaries of each closure will be modified as the contractors work progresses (i.e. rolling closures). During the closure, the primary detour routes will be signed for College Street to the west and Highway 27/58 to the east.

Main Street Map 2