CR Holds Mobile Open House before Roundabout Opens

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The City of Cedar Rapids is hosting what they're calling a "Mobile Open House" on Wednesday evening.

The event is happening over at Hoover Elementary school at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Wiley Boulevard Northwest and it's all about the new roundabout going in there.

Wednesday's open house is one of two sessions the City is offering this week. The reason for the events all has to do with a major change that is happening at the intersection where a roundabout will soon open up complete with painted crosswalks, pedestrian islands, and flashing lights that can be activated simply with the push of a button.

The City says that the measures they have put in place will make the area safer but not all have been happy about the project. Some local businesses in the area report construction has adversely impacted their bottom lines.

At Wednesday's open house community members can talk with City staff directly about the project, see a simulation video of how the roundabout works, and even take a ride with an engineer to see what it's like out on the road first hand.

Wednesday's open house runs from 5:00p.m. through 7:00p.m. Another one will be held on Saturday from noon until 2:00p.m. 

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