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Summer Means Construction for CFU

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Warm weather and the summer season means one thing for Cedar Falls Utilities: construction. Crews have been busy making improvements across our service area and will continue to tackle several more projects this year.

Many Cedar Falls Utilities crews have been working to move utility infrastructure in preparation for interchange construction at Highway 58 and Viking Road. Due to the expansion of the intersection and space constraints, all electric lines, gas and water mains and fiber optic cables in the area will be rerouted or replaced.

Preparation for the reconstruction of First Street, slated to begin later this year, will also call for major gas and water relocation work as well as moving fiber optic cables and electric lines underground.

In addition to rerouting fiber optic cables, Communication Utility crews also installed fiber at the new Aldrich Elementary School.

Electric Utility crews have completed the installation of a three phase overhead line along Cedar Wapsi Road between Union Road and Butler Road. The upgraded line will improve system reliability.

Electric crews are currently working in the Hearthside Addition to replace aged electric cable and are continuing to convert overhead electric lines to underground within targeted areas. In the coming months, they will begin replacing transmission poles and adding lines along the new Greenhill Road extension.

Gas Utility crews have installed more than 5,000 feet of new gas mains this year. They have also installed or replaced gas service lines to many homes and businesses due to street reconstruction. As those projects wrap up, Gas Utility crews will install new 8” gas main on the Greenhill Road extension from Hudson Road to 27th Street.

Water Utility projects include the recoating of the interior and exterior of the 12th Street water tower and replacing existing water mains in connection with street reconstruction projects. Additionally, Water Utility crews will relocate fire hydrants in connection with the new recreation trail on Center Street.