Highway 18 Stoplights in Charles City Still Missing Chips

The Highway 18 resurfacing project in Charles City still has some minor unfinished business.

Field Services Coordinator for the District Two Office of the Iowa DOT, Pete Hjelmstad, says while new traffic signal lights installed at key intersections during the construction are operational, the push buttons for the pedestrian crossings are still not working. He says COVID slowdowns in production has the DOT continuing to wait for the necessary computer chips to control the crossings.

Hjelmstad adds that the Highway 18 resurfacing east of Charles City is completely finished, while some work has resumed west of town with the Floyd interchange project. He says the contractor, Cedar Valley Corporation (CVC) of Waterloo, has been hauling in fill material for the ramps and working on the frontage roads south of the intersection.

Hjelmstad says how much work CVC can get done depends on the weather, but the plan is to continue until the ground freezes. He also notes that a lane closure in the construction area is possible, but doubtful yet for the rest of this year.


Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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