Cedar Rapids police investigating early morning shooting – KCRG

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – The Cedar Rapids Police Department said its investigating a shooting that happened early Wednesday morning.

Around 12:30 a.m., police said they got several calls about shots fired in the area of 11th Street NW and B Avenue.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – (CBS2/Fox28) — It's the symphony of a Cedar Rapids commute. Cars thud, thud, thudding over rough roads all across the city. Hitting a particularly bad rut could have you going straight to a repair shop.

The City of Cedar Rapids anticipates Edgewood Road NW, First Street NW and the intersection of Bowling Street and C Street SW will be reopened sometime Wednesday.

"We have seen some pretty extensive damage," says Marty Meeker, manager at Blairs Ferry Automotive.

He says over last year, they've seen an increase of 20% in suspension work. Since the cold hit they've been busy with pothole-related problems.

"Definitely, yeah. Suspension work, tires. Lot of blown out tires,” Meeker says. “Lot of bad shocks and struts getting blown out. Ball joints, control arms."

Those repairs can range anywhere from a couple hundred dollars up to a thousand for struts. Some people have been wondering: will the City of Cedar Rapids pay my tab?

"They can certainly make a claim with the city, they can go to the city's website, but in general, no, we don't pay for claims," says Doug Wilson.

Wilson is the manager of the Paving for Progress program. He's not in the business of just filling holes.

"We can make long-term fixes and yet extend the life, too," he says of the city’s streets.

The five-year old program aims to totally revamp certain city streets. It's funded through a voter-approved local option sales tax of one-percent, meaning annually $18 million can be used to rehab both the most damaged and some of the most-traveled arterials.

"We have a balance of reconstruction and what we call rehabilitation, which is like asphalt resurfacing," Wilson explains.

If you do hit a hole, your full coverage insurance may cover the repairs, but Meeker says most people choose to pay out of pocket.

“Lot of the time, some of the damage it's really just a wash,” Meeker says. “You might as well just pay for it yourself instead of having your rates get raised."

So far the City of Cedar Rapids Paving for Progress program has spent $86 million on 140 projects. The full list of 2019 projects can be found on their website.


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