University Avenue Project

University Avenue Reconstruction Project

Midway Drive to Hwy 63 – approx. 3 miles of Complete Street Roadway including 5-lane section (Midway to Progress) and 4-lane section (Progress to Hwy 63), 3 bridges w/enhancements (includes 1 bridge demolition and ped box culvert installation), 1 roundabout, 8 adaptive traffic signals, backlighted street name signs, intersection/gateway features, and trail head/parking lot construction. In addition sidewalk, recreational trails, bus stops, street lighting, storm sewer, sanitary sewer repair work, water main reconstruction, and landscaping with trees and other plantings, and roundabout enhancements, and other amenities will be included.

Residents often ask why Cedar Falls was able to complete their project quicker. Simply, with no bridges along University Ave. in Cedar Falls, the project was less complicated.

Cedar Falls (IA 58 to Midway) – approx.. 2 miles of 4 lane Complete Street Roadway including 0 bridges, 1 small box culvert at Pete Jr High, 1 double roundabout at IA 58, and 4 two lane roundabouts.

In May of 2023, the University Avenue Reconstruction project was named the Grand Place Award-Transportation and Grand Conceptor Winner. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Iowa (ACEC/Iowa) Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value. 
Here is the video they created to explain the project and why the judges selected this project. 

Additional information can be viewed on the University Avenue Facebook page at   

View past Video Recap's here.

University Ave Poster

University Ave Council Update 1-20-2020
University Ave Council Update 12-16-19
University Ave Video Presentation Dec, 2019
University Ave Ph 1 - Enhancement Descriptions

University Ave Ph 1 - Enhancement Display

2018_02_16_Birdseye Perspective Rendering_Draft

Public Information Meeting Handout

Public Information Meeting Presentation

Public Information Meeting Text Boards

Phase 1 Strip Map

Phase 2 Strip Map

Phase 3 Strip Map

Here you will find information pertaining to the University Avenue reconstruction project in Waterloo.

university ave presentation

University Avenue Waterloo Council Work Session Presentation July 24, 2017

Public Information Meeting (March 21, 2017)

University Avenue - Traffic Signals
University Avenue - Roundabouts

PIA Award 2On February 1, 2021, the Iowa Concrete Paving Association announced the winners of the 2020 Portland Cement Concrete Paving Awards. Thank you to AECOM and K Cunningham Construction Co., Inc. for working with us on the University Avenue Waterloo, Iowa project. Read more about the award here. 

JamieWaterloo was presented with the 2021 Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community Award during the Healthiest State Initiative Annual Awards presentation held virtually during a live Facebook event on Feb. 18, 2021. The award recognizes Waterloo for its accomplishments in health improvement initiatives within the community including the added trails on University Ave. 

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Phone: (319) 291-4312
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