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Paving for Progress

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)-The first of many Cedar Rapids city street improvements are underway.

Crews started their 1st Paving for Progress project Tuesday on 17th Street SW between 1st Avenue and 10th Avenue.

Joyce Bowers rents on the street and said driving on this road has caused her a lot of headaches and money.

"It's taken a toll on my vehicles," she said.

Dollars she said she would rather pay in taxes to fix the roads and not constant repairs on her cars.

"Now I got to invest in my cars because its so bad."

Despite the loud noise, she said she's thrilled to see crews reparing her road.

Kevin Murray is Bowers' neighbor who said he called the city last year.

"We had our driveway paved last year," he said. "I'm glad that they're doing it now because we had a lot of water that sat at our driveway."

The Paving for Progress project is designed to give back what Cedar Rapids' residents pay upfront in taxes.

Last November, voters approved a 1% local option sales tax for road improvements.

"This is a road that really wouldn't have seen any attention except for that vote," Cedar Rapids Street Operations Superintendent Mike Duffy said.

The local option sales tax gives the crews the chance to spend time on residential roads that would normally be missed.

"We're able to get out and make lasting improvements," Duffy said.

City engineers put together a list of anticipated summer projects they hope to accomplish.

But they do want residents to know, some roads may take two summers to finish.

"Some work involves phase work this summer and next," Duffy said.

Construction that Bowers said she hopes will make driving smoother.

"I just wish they would've done this sooner," she said.

City engineers put up 50 street signs showing all the roads projected to be prepared this summer.

The projects will be repaired over a span of 10 years by both city crews and contractors.

The bigger streets will be contracted out by the city to be repaired.

17th Street was maintained by the City of Cedar Rapids.

The full list of anticipated 2014 Paving for Progress projects include:

NW Quadrant
 Ellis Blvd. from K Avenue to O Avenue
 B Avenue NW Improvements from Highland Drive to 8th Street
 13th Street NW from A Avenue to B Avenue
 E Avenue from Stoney Point Road to Rock Valley
 Ellis Lane NW, Ellis Blvd to 8th Street NW

SW Quadrant
 3rd Avenue SW Improvements from 6th Street to 10th Street
 8th Avenue SW Improvements from 10th Street to 7th Street
 Diagonal Drive SW Improvements from Interstate 380 to West 8th Avenue Bridge Approach
 Edgewood Road SW from Williams Boulevard to 16th Avenue
 Wiley Blvd SW from William Boulevard to 16th Avenue
 17th Street SW from 1st Avenue to 10th Avenue
 West Post Road SW from Ruhd Street to 16th Avenue
 Wilson Avenue SW from West Post Road to Troy Street
 Hawkeye Downs Road from 6th Street to J Street

NE Quadrant
 Boyson Road NE Improvements from C Avenue to East Corporate Limits
 Coe Road NE Improvements from Center Point Road to A Avenue
 Glass Road NE Improvements from Edgewood Road to Wenig Road
 Kiowa Trace NE, 6821 to 7015 Residences
 Oakland Rd NE from E Ave to H Ave
 Seminole Valley Rd NE from Fords Crossing Road to 42nd St
 Blairs Ferry Rd NE from W. of Miller Ave to W to Wayside Circle Dr
 74th Street from White Ivy Place to C Ave
 42nd Street from I-380 to Wenig Rd
 Northbrook Drive NE from Boxwood Lane to Laurel Lane NE

SE Quadrant
 4th Avenue Improvements from 6th Street to 19th Street
 19th Street from Mt Vernon Road to Bever Avenue
 Bever Avenue from 19th Street to 14th Street
 Bever Avenue from 22nd Street to Memorial Drive
 Garden Drive from Grande Avenue to Washington Avenue
 11th Avenue Improvements from 3rd Street to 4th Street

To view an interactive map of the projected 2014 projects, visit:

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