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Upcoming city road closures leave some residents frustrated

Iowa DOT said it works hard to lessen the frustration to drivers throughout the year, especially by making sure interstate projects do not overlap with city street repairs.

Residents wishing to cross the railroad track on 42nd Street will have to find another way to get around as work continues to replace the city's railroad crossings.

Officials said residents may be burdened now, but the end result will be worth it.

On Monday, 42nd St. will be closed off at the railroad crossing. Interstate ramps will remain open. This is a continuation of railroad work that first took place along Blairs Ferry Road.

"You notice how much construction is going on," said driver Tyler Appleget.

Appleget said construction will be harder to ignore now that it will impact his daily route.

"It's [42nd St.] the quickest way to get home." he said. "The added gas money of going around on Collins adds some trouble."

The Iowa Department of Transportation said closures like this one can be an inconvenience, but they are necessary.

"Really they do that to get it done in a time compressed manner," said Iowa DOT Transportation Planner Cathy Cutler.

Canadian National Railroad is doing the work and tells CBS 2 news it is not just the trains that are benefiting from this project.

Drivers can look forward to a smoother ride across the tracks.

Cutler said there are some suggested alternate routes in the meantime.

"Go down to 32nd or go up to Collins Rd, just to avoid that one area for one week," she said.

Employees at the nearby Kwik Shop gas station said just one week of road closure will kill their sales like similar construction projects did in the past.

Some of their frequent visitors are already getting ready to make necessary changes.

"Yea I'll probably go to the Kwik Shop off of Blairs Ferry," said Appleget.

Also on Monday, Collins road will turn into a one lane road at the C Avenue intersection going eastbound, and a left turn lane will close on the westbound side.

The city said workers will be installing a new pedestrian cross walk and work on reconstructing the storm sewer, which should take about two weeks.

Iowa DOT said it works hard to lessen the frustration to drivers throughout the year, especially by making sure interstate projects do not overlap with city street repairs.

"We do talk about different projects, the timing and staging of that so that hopefully we're not closing down an exit and then the next subsequent exit," said Cutler.

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