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IC Residents Campaign Against Project

IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Being able to sit out by her pond and enjoy the sounds of nature are a few reasons why Jan Alan bought her home on North Linn street.
Ive put a lot of work and time in it, Alan said.
But pretty soon her peaceful backyard may sound more like a busy street.
Its noisy, Alan said describing Dubuque Street which sits right behind her home. The motorcycles are noisy, the ambulances are noisy.
She and other residents are against the gateway project which could lift the five- lane street 15 feet high. 
I personally feel it is the anti-gateway project, said Laurie Cummins, an Iowa City resident.
Cummins is a member of Save Iowa Citya group of homeowners going door to door and using television commercials, campaigning to stop the city from lifting the street.
Emails, lots of letter writing, lots of behind the scenes work, Cummins said.
The grass roots group says the project would also decrease the value of their homes.
But, the city says its too soon to tell.
Lets wait and see what the various options are, said Mayor Matt Hayek.
Hayek says Dubuque Street has to be raised for flood protection, but not necessarily 15 feet. They wont know how high until they get federal approval.
"Then lets have a discussion, a knowledgeable, informed discussion based on information," Hayek said.
Feedback people like Jan are ready to give now.
"We dont want it raised 15 feet, we want another solution," she said.

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