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Motorists Urged to Use Caution In Work Zones Over July 4 Holiday

July 01, 2013

AMES, Iowa – July 1, 2013 – With many people taking to Iowa’s roadways for a July 4 holiday weekend, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the state’s counties and cities want to remind travelers to use extra caution in work zones now in place to improve our transportation system.

Listed below are the main Iowa DOT projects that may have traffic impacts over the July 4 holiday. There are many more projects under way on state-maintained and county roads, as well as city streets, according to the Iowa DOT’s Office of Construction and Materials.

For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at www.iowadot.com/511/socialmedia.html); or download the free mobile app to your mobile device.
Central Iowa

Roadway: Interstate 35
County: Polk
In West Des Moines, the capacity improvement of I-35 between the I-35/I-80/I-235 interchange and the Raccoon River bridge is underway. Traffic is maintained on two lanes in each direction using the existing northbound lanes and median sections constructed last year. I-35 southbound to Grand Avenue is closed. Grand Avenue to southbound I-35 is closed.

Roadway: Interstate 80
County: Polk
Work continues on I-80 near Altoona from the U.S. 65 bypass to east of the I-80/U.S. 65 interchange. The project includes reconstructing the Altoona interchange, capacity improvements to westbound I-80 and reconstruction of the 34th Avenue Northwest bridge over I-80. Two lanes of traffic on I-80 are being maintained in each direction during peak hours.

Roadway: Interstate 35/80
County: Polk
I-35/I-80 is being resurfaced from the west junction of I-235 north to Iowa 141. The asphalt concrete resurfacing is being completed at night to allow normal traffic patterns during the daytime.

Roadway: Interstate 235
County: Polk
This project includes construction of a westbound I-235 auxiliary lane between the 73rd Street interchange and 63rd Street interchange in Windsor Heights. Three westbound traffic lanes on I-235 are being maintained.

Roadway: U.S. 65
County: Polk
This project includes construction of two pairs of overflow bridges on U.S. 65 near the Des Moines River. The northbound bridges are currently being constructed and southbound bridges will be built in 2014. Traffic is restricted to a two-lane, two-way configuration in the southbound lanes during the 2013 construction season.

Roadway: U.S. 20
County: Hamilton
Eastbound U.S. 20 from Iowa 17 to U.S. 69 is being reconstructed. Traffic is operating in a two-lane, two-way traffic configuration in the westbound lanes.

Roadway: U.S. 30
County: Story
Eastbound U.S. 30 is being reconstructed from just east of I-35 near Ames to the west side of Nevada. Traffic is currently operating in a two-lane, two-way traffic pattern in the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 from Story County Road R-70 west to Nevada until approximately July 3, weather permitting. Access to U.S. 30 from the south is limited to Story Couty Road R-70 on the west end and Story County Road S-14 on the east end during construction. Access to the north is limited to right-in, right-out operations at the intersections within the project limits.

North central/Northeast Iowa

Roadway: Interstate 380/U.S. 20
County: Black Hawk
Reconstruction of northbound I-380/U.S. 20 is underway from River Forest Road in Evansdale east 6.6 miles to the east I-380/U.S. 20 interchange. Using median crossovers, traffic is being shifted to the southbound lanes in a two-lane, two-way configuration. With this configuration, the northbound on- and off-ramps at exit 66 (Raymond interchange) are closed, as well as the northbound off-ramp at exit 70 (River Forest interchange). To avoid traffic congestion and delays, motorists are being urged to find an alternate route. Emergency detours have been established. Visit the project website for complete details at http://www.iowadot.gov/i380. 

Roadway: U.S. 63
County: Black Hawk
As part of a two-year project, U.S. 63 is currently being reconstructed from Newell/Conger Street to Donald Street at the north edge of Waterloo. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction in a two-lane, two-way traffic pattern. Motorists should be prepared to encounter traffic delays when travelling through this project area.

Roadway: U.S. 63
County: Black Hawk
U.S. 63 is currently being reconstructed from just south of Hudson north to U.S. 20. U.S. 63 traffic is detoured. The project is being constructed in stages with access maintained to all businesses and trail blazing signs placed to identify access points. Currently, the north section of the project is being reconstructed and traffic detoured beginning at the intersection of U.S. 63 and Iowa 58 at the south edge of Hudson, north on Iowa 58 to U.S. 20, and then east on U.S. 20 to U.S. 63. This section is expected to be completed by early September. When the south section is reconstructed, the detour route will begin at the intersection of U.S. 63 and Black Hawk County Road D-46, east on Black Hawk County Road D-46 to Iowa 21, north on Iowa 21 to Black Hawk County Road D-35, and then west on D-35 to U.S. 63 in Hudson. This section is expected to be completed by early November.

Roadway I-35
County: Franklin
Both the north- and southbound lanes of I-35 bridge repair work approximately 0.2 mile north of Franklin County Road C-25 is underway. Traffic is maintained by single lane closures in each direction.

Northwest Iowa

Roadway: Interstate 29
County: Woodbury
I-29 in Sioux City continues to be reconstructed. Construction activities are scattered throughout the entire I-29 corridor from the Singing Hills interchange north. Through traffic is maintained at all times. Visit the project website for complete details at http://www.iowadot.gov/i29/index.htm.

Roadway: Iowa 86
County: Dickinson
Iowa 86 is being reconstructed in Dickinson County from Iowa 9 north to the Minnesota state line. The roadway is closed during construction. Traffic is detoured on Iowa 9, U.S. 71 and Interstate 90 in Minnesota.

Roadway: U.S. 75
County: Plymouth
U.S. 75 is being reconstructed through Merrill. Traffic is maintained in a two-lane, two-way configuration through the project.

Eastern Iowa

Roadway: Interstate 80
County: Johnson
Median barrier rail is being installed on I-80 from I-380 to 1.5 miles east of the Iowa 1 interchange. Two lanes of traffic in each direction are maintained through the project. The Dubuque Street interchange is being reconstructed. The westbound exit ramp is closed, and traffic is detoured to westbound I-80, First Avenue, and then to eastbound I-80. 

Roadway: Interstate 80
County: Johnson
Bridge overlay work is being performed on I-80 at the Oxford interchange (Johnson County Road W-38), resulting in width restrictions and a ramp closure. I-80 traffic will be maintained on two 10-foot wide lanes in each direction. The eastbound exit ramp to Johnson County Road W-38 is closed. Traffic is being detoured to exit 237 at the Ireland Avenue/Tiffin interchange.

Roadway: U.S. 30
County: Clinton
U
.S. 30 (Camanche Avenue) is being reconstructed in Clinton from South 14th Street east to Fifth Street. Westbound traffic is reduced to one lane through this area.

Roadway: U.S. 30
County: Linn
The deck on the eastbound U.S. 30 bridge located 1.6 miles west of I-380 is being replaced. Width restrictions for eastbound traffic are in effect, with two 10-foot wide lanes being maintained through the project.

Roadway: U.S. 52/61/151
County: Dubuque
The U.S. 52/61/151 project, from the U.S. 52 intersection to the Grandview Avenue interchange, involves replacement of the existing bridges spanning Catfish Creek and pavement, as well as improvements at the U.S. 52 intersection. Traffic through the project is maintained in a two-lane, two-way configuration with a 10-foot width in each direction.

Roadway: U.S. 30 and Iowa 1
County: Linn
Iowa 1 traffic is detoured in Mount Vernon due to the roundabout construction on U.S. 30 at 10th Avenue and Iowa 1.  Iowa 1 traffic is being redirected on Rachel Street and Virgil Avenue, with a 10-foot wide lane available in each direction. There are also width restrictions on U.S. 30. Traffic is being directed to a two-lane, two-way pattern with a 10-foot wide lane being maintained in each direction.

Roadway: U.S. 6
County: Muscatine
U.S. 6 is closed west of West Liberty for bridge construction. Traffic is being detoured on Muscatine County Road X-30, I-80 and Muscatine County Road X-40.  

Roadway: Iowa 130
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ounty: Cedar
Iowa 130 is closed during construction of a new bridge located 1.9 miles east of Tipton. Traffic is being detoured on Iowa 38, U.S. 30 and Cedar County Road X-64.

South central/Southeast Iowa

Roadway: Interstate 35
County: Clarke
Two southbound I-35 bridges over Squaw Creek are being replaced, one 2.5 miles north of Iowa 152 and another 0.7 mile north of Iowa 152. Traffic is restricted to a two-lane, two-way configuration in the northbound lanes.

Roadway: Interstate 35
Counties: Clarke and Warren
High-tension cable guardrail is being placed in the median on I-35 from the Clarke County line north to exit 52 (near St. Marys). During the July 4 holiday weekend, traffic will be maintained on the existing lanes.

Roadway: Interstate 35
County: Decatur
Southbound I-35 from Iowa 2 north to the Clarke County line is closed for reconstruction. Traffic is maintained in a single lane in each direction

Roadway: U.S. 34
County: Wapello
U.S. 34 is being resurfaced from the Monroe County line east to Ottumwa. Traffic will not be interrupted over the holiday weekend, but on July 5, traffic will be reduced to one lane and assisted by flaggers and a pilot car.

Roadway: U.S. 34
County: Wapello
The bridge superstructures carrying U.S. 34 over the Des Moines River in Ottumwa are being replaced. Traffic is restricted to a two-lane, two-way configuration on the eastbound bridge.

Roadway: Interstate 35
County: Warren
Construction work started on a two-year project on southbound I-35 from 1.6 miles south of Cumming (Warren County Road G-14) interchange north to Iowa 5. A variety of traffic control measures are in effect.

Roadway: Interstate 35
County: Warren
The southbound I-35 bridge over the North River is being replaced. Traffic is maintained during construction using the existing north- and southbound lanes.

Roadway: U.S. 65
County: Warren
Paved shoulders are being placed on U.S. 65 from Liberty Center north to the east junction of Warren County Road G-58. Traffic will not be interrupted over the holiday weekend, but on July 5, traffic will be reduced to one lane and assisted by flaggers and a pilot car.

Roadway: U.S. 65
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ounty: Wayne
U.S. 65 is being resurfaced from the Missouri state line north to Iowa 2. Through traffic is maintained by flaggers and pilot cars.

Southwest Iowa

Roadway: Interstate 29
County: Pottawattamie
I-29/I-80 from the Missouri River bridge in Council Bluffs east approximately 3 miles to the Lake Manawa/South Expressway interchange is being graded and paved as part of the bridge construction work. Through traffic is maintained. Single lane closures may occur during off-peak hours.

I-29 from north of Council Bluffs to the Missouri Valley (U.S. 30) interchange is being resurfaced at several locations. Through traffic is maintained in a single lane.

Southbound I-29 from the Mills County line to Iowa 92 interchange is being reconstructed. Traffic is maintained in a two-lane, two-way operation in the northbound lanes.

Roadway: Interstate 29
County: Mills
I-29 dual bridges over Iowa 2 and the dual bridges 1.5 miles south of Iowa 2 are being repaired. Traffic is maintained in single lanes for both travel directions.

Roadway: Interstate 80
County: Cass
The eastbound I-80 bridge over Indian Creek at milepost 50 (west of the Marne interchange) is being replaced. Traffic is maintained in a two-lane, two-way operation in the westbound lanes.

Roadway: Interstate 80
County: Adair
The eastbound I-80 bridge over Middle River at milepost 85 (west of the Greenfield interchange) is being replaced. Traffic is maintained in a two-lane, two-way operation in the westbound lanes.

Roadway: Iowa Highway 83
County: Cass
Traffic on the bridge between Wiota and Anita is restricted to one lane using temporary traffic signals for replacement of bridge approaches.

Roadway: Iowa 48
County: Montgomery
The bridge over the Nishnabotna River is being repaired. Traffic is maintained in a single lane with temporary traffic signals.

Roadway: U.S. 30
County: Harrison
A deck overlay project is being performed on the bridge over the Boyer River in Logan. Traffic is maintained in a single lane with temporary traffic signals.

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For general work zone safety questions, contact: Mark Bortle at 515-239-1587 or mark.bortle@dot.iowa.gov.

For questions on specific projects, contact:

District 1 (central Iowa) Tony Gustafson at 515-239-1430 or tony.gustafson@dot.iowa.gov
District 2 (north central Iowa)
Dave Roeber at 641-422-9448 or david.roeber@dot.iowa.gov
District 3 (northwest Iowa) Darwin Bishop at 712-274-5826 or darwin.bishop@dot.iowa.gov
District 4 (southwest Iowa) George Feazell at 712-243-7628 or george.feazell@dot.iowa.gov
District 5 (southeast Iowa) Tim Ehrich at 641-469-4018 or timothy.ehrich@dot.iowa.gov District 6 (east central Iowa) Doug McDonald at 319-364-0235 or douglas.mcdonald@dot.iowa.gov

 


Iowa highway in the evening