NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – May 2, 2013 – As part of the northbound Interstate 380 reconstruction, traffic will be shifted from the northbound to the southbound lanes in a two-lane, two-way pattern from U.S. 20 (exit 65) near Raymond to the west interchange of I-380 with U.S. 20, U.S. 218 and Iowa 27 (exit 71) near Evansdale beginning Monday morning, May 6, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s New Hampton construction office.
In addition to shifting all traffic to southbound I-380, the northbound on- and off-ramps at Black Hawk County Road V-49 (Raymond Road) and the off-ramp for northbound River Forest Road will be closed. The northbound on-ramp at River Forest Road, as well as the ramps at Evansdale Drive, will remain open.
With the traffic shift and ramp closures, this is likely to result in slow-moving traffic, traffic delays and congestion, especially during peak daytime hours when motorists are advised to take alternate routes.
The open lanes will have a 14-foot-6-inch width lane restriction in place. This project is expected to be completed by late September.
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.
The Iowa DOT has developed a website at www.iowadot.gov/i380/ to provide ongoing information related to the I-380 revitalization project. The site includes project details, corridor facts, a project timeline, emergency detour routes, and photos of the project area and construction activities. Information about the I-380 project is also available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IowaDOTI380.
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