Hwy 57 / W 1st Street Expansion Project


Beginning, Monday, July 8th, 2019 the contractor will begin Stage 1 reconstruction of 1st Street by closing 1st Street from Walnut Street to Franklin 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 six-five (65) calendar days, depending on the weather. Below you will find a map with the closure area highlighted.

W. 1st Street Map

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.

If you have any questions or concerns during the course of construction Iowa DOT contacts are listed below.

Ron Loecher, PE, Resident Engineer, 641-394-3161, Ron.Loecher@iowadot.us

Tyler Kubik, Inspector, (319) 240-6436, Tyler.Kubik@iowadot.us


Matthew Tolan, EI

Civil Engineer II

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City of Cedar Falls

Department of Public Works | Engineering Division

220 Clay Street | Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

Office: 319.268.5164 | Cell: 319.575.2864 | Fax: 319.268.5197

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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. Click here for a map showing project improvements from Franklin to Catherine.  Click on this link for a map from Catherine to Hudson

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 
Anderw Boehmer, Construction Technician Senior, 319-240-6834, Andrew.Boehmer@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