CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Drivers get one more day before they have to deal with a yearlong detour on a busy northeast Cedar Rapids roadway.
Traffic was supposed to begin a detour around construction work near the Edgewood Road and Highway 100 interchange early Monday morning. But a contractor wasn’t ready with signs to direct drivers to a temporary road in time. So the detour won’t officially start until after the end of morning rush traffic on Tuesday.
The temporary road around the interchange construction will reduce traffic on Edgewood Road from four lanes to two. And the speed limit will be just 25 mph. Highway planners say that’s likely to create some bottlenecks and motorists would be best advised to find an alternate route for the next year.
Workers at businesses in the area have braced for the start of the project because it will likely mean a much slower commute.
Some retail businesses next to the roadwork are wondering if the detour will steer some customers away.
Jake Nicholson, an assistant manager at the Interstate Battery Store, thinks his business will do ok.
“It’s getting enough press that people are kind of in the know that there are problems coming and it’s been going on for a long while. We’ll definitely have to let our customers know which ramp to take and how to get here,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson said the impact may depend on the type of business.
A “destination” store that offers something not easily found elsewhere may not see much of a change. But other businesses, like restaurants, could see a lunch crowd go to where the traffic hassles are fewer.
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