IOWA FALLS, Iowa- City leaders here are looking at a way to conclude a major downtown construction project before the snow flies. This year the City is undertaking a $7 million dollar streetscape project, which will also replace aging infrastructure under city streets.
The project had been talked about for years, and this was the year to do it. That means many downtown businesses have had access made difficult with no parking or even side walk access. Some invited customers in via the back door.
Downtown businesses made the best of the situation, they held a circus, and invited everyone to come. since then circus type promotions have continued.
"I think if anything this has really made all this come together stronger sugar is a downtown group and I think will be stronger because of this," said Sherri Windecker, Owner of Style Works, a woman's clothing shop. "Our businesses have been able to use the back doors as entrances and we just been trying to get out there on Facebook and keeping customers abreast of what's going on and with the signage."
City Manager Jody Anderson said the City Council will meet in October to decide if the project should stretch to next year, or conclude before cold weather arrives.
"The biggest part of the project infrastructure underground was over hundred years old so we we've been having everything replaced," said Anderson.
This week Iowa Falls was named to a list of Iowa's 13 most scenic cities. The town bills itself as "the Scenic City." City leaders say the scenic parts of the city are untouched, but there may be a detour to get to them