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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Its a project that has been in the planning stages for more than four decades.

Today, officials broke ground on the eight mile Highway 100 Extension that will connect Edgewood Road to Highway 30 and include several exits along the way. Construction will close lanes and cause delays for at least the next 18 months on Edgewood Road Northeast.

The entire project is expected to be done by 2020.

While construction workers put shovel to dirt today, local drivers and businesses have been feeling the effect of prep work for months.

Between narrowing lanes and bigger work zones, people say they see cars stopped up and down Edgewood Road all the time.

The area is a high volume passageway even before it was made into one big construction area. Combine that with the new construction, and that makes for a lot of sitting around on the road.

"I know there's a lot of people who want to avoid this area because of how bad it's been getting backed up. I mean all the way down to Edgewood Road to Blairs Ferry, said Beef OBradys Server and Bartender Susan Langguth.

"I think there has been a lot of frustration with clientele not knowing of the constructions dates, said ProCuts Assistant Manager Rachel Cooper.

At ProCuts, the seemingly endless orange traffic cones outside have been making it harder to get the green inside.

"We have a lot of clients that if they're coming from out of the area, they'll be running late, said Cooper.

Customers late for appointments means backed up hair stylists. Rachel says its forcing people to change around their entire schedules just for a cut.

Just down the parking lot, the outlook is a little different at Beef OBradys. More people stuck in traffic means more time to notice the restaurants sign on the wall.

"Hopefully they'll start seeing some of the new businesses we have out here with the new strip mall, be able to see us at this strip mall and hopefully it might actually increase our sales a little bit more, said Langguth.

While that might bring in more business now, Susan says just wait until the project is finished.

"As of right now, we're kind of in the corner of town, said Langguth. Unless you're going to this side of town, people don't usually take a trip out here."

"We've been here eight years, so there's people that don't even know we're here yet so I think that it'll give us some exposure to some of the smaller communities around us, said Cooper.

Everyone agrees that the traffic is a pain. Even the businesses here say they dont want to deal with it when they leave work. Theyre just looking forward to that delayed payoff, however far away it is.

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