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Edgewood Rd Detour Financial Impact

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- When it comes to the newly opened Edgewood detour, you either hate it...

It is awful, I go the other way...I take Blairs Ferry Road, says driver Robin Jarmon.

or you accept it.

We did go through it once yesterday, very smoothly, says another driver, Steve Strong. It works, it's good.

As smooth as it has been for some, there's no question that the detour has changed things out there in just a few days.Traffic is a little slower, and those red lights last a little longer.

People are very confused, they don't know which way to turn, Jarmon says.

Just how much will the slow down there, slow down the bottom line for businesses?

I think it will a little bit, just because people avoid construction, anything that can slow them down, says Jodi Cobb, a business owner.

Cobb says she and the other business owners dont want people to take a detour from the detour and miss them entirely. However, she says even with an initial drop off

I think that eventually they'll start coming back in this direction and seeing what we have to offer.

Next door at Zeplin's they're also optimistic just take look at their parking lot.

The traffic is not that bad over thereI don't think it will affect us personally, says assistant manager Dan Shissler. We have probably the best clientele in Cedar Rapids.

For them, all roads lead to 2020 - and the completion of the overall Highway 100 project.

There will be more people from the other side of town that could come this way, he says. I think it will be great for us and all the new development out here.

The extension from Edgewood to Covington road is set to open in 2018. The extension from Covington to Highway 30 will be finished in 2020. The overall eight mile project will cost $200 million dollars.
 
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