CFU Reinvests in Infrastructure to Maintain Reliability
Cedar Falls Utilities reinvests in infrastructure to support growth and maintain reliable utility services for customers. Much of this work is done during summer months when construction projects ramp up.
A large project this year is the Main Street reconstruction project. The City will reconstruct Main Street to include three lanes for traffic with a turning lane in the center on-street bike lanes and three roundabouts at 12th Street 18th Street and Seerley Boulevard.
CFU electric crews will move more than 3000 feet of power lines ahead of road construction.
Gas and water crews will also replace infrastructure during Main Street reconstruction including more than 4000 feet of water main.
As new businesses houses and developments are built across Cedar Falls new utility services need to be added.
Crews will work to expand services to the Western Home addition on Wild Rye Way expansions to the south and west in the industrial park and to the residential development West Fork Crossing among others.
Communications crews continue to work on the rural broadband expansion to bring high-speed fiber optic broadband services to 1000 new customers in rural Cedar Falls and the surrounding areas.
In 2022 CFU was awarded a $2.3M Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant that will cover a portion of construction costs.
Remaining backbone conduit will be installed this year in preparation of installing fiber optic cable. Customer installations are expected to begin later this year.
Growing our customer base reduces operational costs per-customer and keeps rates low for all customers.