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Public invited to Highway 100 ribbon-cutting, bike ride

Part of the final four miles of the Highway 100 project is seen from the E Avenue NW overpass in northwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. City of Cedar Rapids and Iowa Department of Transportation officials plan to hold a ribbon cutting sometime this fall. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Part of the final four miles of the Highway 100 project is seen from the E Avenue NW overpass in northwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. City of Cedar Rapids and Iowa Department of Transportation officials plan to hold a ribbon cutting sometime this fall. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — State and city officials plan to kickoff December by celebrating the long-awaited completion of Highway 100.

Officials with Cedar Rapids and the Iowa Department of Transportation will host a ribbon-cutting and community bike ride at 1 p.m. Dec. 1., according to a recent news release.

The final 4 miles of Highway 100 span from Covington Road to Highway 30.

Guest speakers for the event, which will be held near the intersection of Highway 100 and Covington Road, will include Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz and Iowa DOT Director Mark Lowe.

Following a commemorative ribbon-cutting, the public will have the opportunity to bike, walk or run along the highway’s new 4-mile addition before it is opened later this winter to vehicles.

Cathy Cutler, transportation planner with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 6 office in Cedar Rapids, said vehicles could drive on the new portion of Highway 100 as soon as Dec. 3.

The first half of Highway 100 — between Edgewood Road and Covington Road — opened to the public nearly two years ago.

Officials held a similar ribbon-cutting and bike ride following the completion of the first 4-mile stretch of highway.

All told, the 8-mile Highway 100 project is expected to cost about $200 million.

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Paired with Collins Road, the Marion bypass, Iowa 13, Highway 151 and Highway 30, Highway 100 completes a beltway with for the metro area.

Highway 100’s expansion has spurred the need for a few additional upgrades on city streets, including work that will continue into next year reconstructing E Avenue up to Stoney Point Road. That project will prepare the avenue for added traffic from Highway 100.

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