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While some cities are celebrating America's independence a day early - others are still doing the prep work.

Bettendorf's festivities get underway on the 4th - but city leaders say people need to prepare their routes to the fun - early.

Most of the action will be taking place at Cumberland Square - but 18th St. - a main thoroughfare to get there - is closed for construction in two different places. 

18th from Middle Road to Spruce Hills Road is torn up right now. 

And to the north - it will be closed from Maplecrest to Tanglefoot Lane. Right in front of Bettendorf High School.

But city leaders say they have known this would be a problem for awhile now - and prepping for the worst has made all the difference.

In Bettendorf, the Captain of the police department is in charge of planning traffic routes for major events.

And right now - that's Captain Keith Kimball.

"This year, we have a few extra hitches thrown into it with the construction and road closures," says Kimball. "We had to compensate for that."

Kimball is part of a committee in Bettendorf that has been meeting for nearly a year to make sure this Independence Day goes off without a hitch.

"We pretty much meet every month throughout the year to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible."

On the 3rd - Kimball is double checking all of his places  - making sure everything is right before the rush on the big day.

Due to the construction - Kimball and others decided to send a letter to homeowners near the festival area - telling them to expect extra street parking and traffic in their neighborhoods.

Something neighbors say they appreciated.

"It was nice to have a warning," says Rick Albert. "But we knew it was coming with all of the people  trying to get to the fireworks."

But even though there may be a hassle for parking and driving this year - Captain Kimball has just one simple request.

"Remember it's just one day out of the year. We just want everybody to enjoy themselves and understand it's going to take a little more time getting out of here."

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