A two-year construction project to improve one of the Cedar Valley's most-dangerous intersections is scheduled to begin Wednesday (March 28, 2018).

The Iowa Department of Transportation is building an interchange at Iowa Highway 58 and Viking Road in Cedar Falls. The $32.1 million project is designed to improve traffic flow at the heavily-congested intersection, where officials have responded to 74 crashes over the past three years.

According to the project's design plans, an underpass will be added to carry Iowa 58 traffic beneath Viking Road. The initial work requires lane closures on both Iowa 58 and Viking Road so workers can place temporary pavement and traffic signals needed for future traffic shifts necessary for the different stages of construction.

The lane closures are expected to create traffic congestion that will cause backups and delays. IDOT officials are encouraging motorists to seek alternative routes to avoid the congestion.