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Flood Prep Delays Area Road Construction

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - You may have to get used to seeing more of those orange signs.

"It's definitely made driving a lot more time consuming and chaotic," commuter Steve Emig said.

That's because flood preparation has left many construction projects around Cedar Rapids all wet

"Our crews were removed from the flood and the flood cleanup, and that's why we couldn't do road construction," said Craig Hanson with Cedar Rapids Public Works.

The change means some projects that were planned may not see completion this year, and current projects have hit a snag.

"Right now what you're seeing is those road delays are longer," Hanson said.

Projects like the ones on L Street SW and O Ave NW lay waiting to be completed, forcing cars to play the waiting on a one way street.

A project to replace a nearly 80 year old pipe is on hold as well.

Residents know the frustration it may cause.

"It's just something we're going to have to deal with," Emig said. "It's congested enough with traffic and parking."

Hanson is asking commuters, many who assisted in the flood prep, for more time.

"We thank the residents for all they were able to do as volunteers, now we thank them for patience as we complete these road projects," Hanson said.

And knowing what could have happened, many don't mind the trade off.

"Flood protection is necessary, I can put up with a little road construction for that," resident Jen Neumann said.

Hanson says the hope to restart some of those stalled projects at least by next week. They won't know which projects are canceled likely until the end of the year.

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