- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids highway currently under construction appears on track to open ahead of schedule.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports (https://bit.ly/1UPECcG ) that the first half of the Highway 100 extension could open by Thanksgiving. It had been scheduled to open sometime next year, with the entire project to open in the fall of 2018.

Bill Nielsen is an Iowa Department of Transportation senior construction technician. He says there’s almost two miles of pavement ready to use now on the $215 million highway extension.

Steve Staebler, a DOT construction tech supervisor, says one piece of the bypass that’s nearly complete was also the most complicated. That’s the first new bridge to span the Cedar River in the Cedar Rapids area since I-380 opened through the downtown back in 1978.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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