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UI Projects on Track Despite Flood Protection Changes
IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--From detours to closed roads, rising water from the Iowa river, sent the University of Iowa into flood protection mode, sandbagging dorms and shutting down main roads.
“It’s been a little rough,” said student Natalie Slach.
“I live off of Dubuque Street, and it was flooded for a while,” she said. I had to go clear to Dodge Street to get around and clear to First Avenue to get around to it.”
“We did take steps to protect some of the construction sites,” said UI spokesperson Tom Moore.
But while the routes to get around campus may have changed, the dozens of reconstruction projects underway have stayed the course.
“We have a lot of major projects going on,” Moore said.
Like the new $53 million West Campus residence hall set to open in 2015 or the revamping of the Field House and their biggest project—the new children’s hospital .
“All the construction projects remain on time and on budget,” Moore said.
Moore says that’s a good thing to protect the billion dollar cost to complete the projects even if it means a longer commute.
“Just takes a little longer but we can deal with it,” Slach said.