Iowa DOT News Release



Iowa DOT cautions travelers about work zones over the Labor Day holiday

Posted on: August 28, 2008

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 28, 2008 – Travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday could be slowed somewhat by road construction, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). Several projects on state roadways may warrant advance planning on the part of drivers. Details of current construction projects can be found at www.511ia.org.

Northwest Iowa

  • Traffic on the Iowa 12 Gordon Drive viaduct in Sioux City is restricted to one 10-foot wide lane in each direction. The restriction is necessary for bridge deck overlay operations. All loads wider than the restriction must use an alternate route through the area.
  • Traffic on the U.S. 77 Veterans’ Memorial Bridge in Sioux City is restricted to one 12-foot, 6-inch wide lane in each direction. The restriction is necessary for bridge deck overlay operations. Loads wider than the set limit will be required to find an alternate route through the area.
  • Traffic on I- 29 from Sloan to Sergeant Bluff will be restricted to one lane in each direction with head-to-head traffic in the southbound lanes. The restriction is necessary to complete the concrete overlay of the northbound lanes of I-29.
  • U.S. 71 traffic is being detoured to county roads approximately four miles northwest of Auburn in Sac County due to replacement of the bridge over the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad.
  • Traffic on Iowa 60 near the Iowa/Minnesota border is being detoured as the Minnesota DOT completes work on the Bigelow bypass. The detour uses
    Iowa 9 and U.S. 59.

Eastern Iowa

  • Iowa 38 is restricted to one 12-foot, 6-inch wide lane approximately 0.2 miles south of Delaware. The restriction is necessary for repairs to the bridge over U.S. 20. All loads wider than the set limit are required to find an alternate route through the area.
  • U.S. 218 is restricted to one 14-foot, 6-inch wide lane approximately 1.1 miles south of Vinton. The restriction is necessary for the replacement of the bridge over Mud Creek. Traffic is routed onto an on-site detour with alternating traffic being controlled using temporary traffic signals.
  • Approximately one mile of Iowa 150 is closed to traffic between Benton County Roads E-16 and V-71 north of Vinton. The closure is needed to repair flood damage to the roadway. A detour is in effect using I-380, U.S. 20 and U.S. 218. Iowa 150 is open to Benton County Road E-16.
  • Southbound traffic on I- 380 will be restricted to three lanes between exits 21 and 20B in Cedar Rapids. The restriction is needed for shoulder and foreslope repairs.
  • Eastbound I- 80 traffic in Coralville has been shifted to the westbound side, and eastbound ramp traffic has been routed onto temporary pavement at the Coral Ridge and First Avenue interchanges. Two lanes of traffic are being maintained in each direction; however, the available lane and shoulder widths have been reduced through the area.
  • Several projects are in place in Waterloo.
    • Traffic has been shifted on the I-380 southbound ramp over U.S. 20 and U.S. 218. Temporary concrete barrier rail is in place to protect the work areas. The work underway involves removal and replacement of bridge concrete barrier rail.
    • Traffic has been shifted on westbound I-380/U.S. 20 at the bridge over the Cedar River. Temporary concrete barrier rail is in place to protect the work areas. The work underway involves removal and replacement of bridge concrete barrier rail.
  • Iowa 281 is being detoured due to construction of a roundabout in Black Hawk County at the Iowa 281/County Road V-49 intersection. Iowa 281 through traffic is routed south on Black Hawk County Road V-51 to Dubuque Road, west on Dubuque Road to Black Hawk County Road V-43, then north to Iowa 281. Black Hawk County Road V-49 traffic is detoured west on Dubuque Road to County Road V-43, north to Donald Street and east on Donald Street back to County Road V-49.
  • In Coralville, traffic on U.S. 6 is reduced to one lane in each direction between 12th Avenue and 22nd Avenue to allow for pavement widening and resurfacing.
  • In Davenport, U.S. 61 is reduced to one lane in each direction between Concord  and Howell streets. The roadway is being repaired and resurfaced, and received additional damage and setbacks due to recent flooding.
  • In Cedar County, two culverts on Iowa 130 are being reconstructed near Tipton.  Traffic is routed onto an on-site detour at each culvert. Each lane of travel is restricted to an 11-foot width through the construction area.

Southeast Iowa

  • Iowa 78 over the Skunk River in Jefferson County is closed to through traffic. A detour is in place from the city of Brighton northeast on Iowa 1 to the city of Washington east on Iowa 92 to Washington County Road W-47, then south to the city of Coppock.
  • Also in Jefferson County, work continues on the U.S. 34 Fairfield bypass. Traffic is being maintained on existing U.S. 34, with the exception of a short on-site detour on the east side of Fairfield.
  • Washington County Road G-36 is closed while the contractor constructs a new interchange with U.S. 218.
  • The westbound lanes of Iowa 5/Iowa 92 are closed at the Knoxville bypass (Iowa 5/Iowa 92) in Marion County. Traffic is routed head-to-head in the eastbound lanes. Some ramps may be closed due to reconstruction. Travelers are asked to follow the on-site detours. 
  • In Wapello County, the northbound lanes of U.S. 63 on the Des Moines River bridge north of U.S. 34 are closed. Traffic is head-to-head in the southbound lanes. 
  • In Mahaska County, traffic is being maintained on U.S. 63 at the site of a railroad bridge replacement on U.S. 63 north of Oskaloosa, but travelers may see delays in the area.
  • U.S. 61 through the Hershey Avenue intersection in Muscatine is being reconstructed for a new interchange. All traffic on U.S. 61 has been shifted head-to-head in the southbound lanes. Hershey Avenue is also being reconstructed and is currently closed with a detour utilizing local roads (High Prairie Road and Houser Street).
  • At Osceola, traffic is head-to-head in the southbound lanes of I-35 with occasional detours of the exit ramp at exit 33. 
  • In Warren County, I-35 traffic is being restricted due to an asphalt resurfacing project in both directions. A minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained.
  • In Leon, U.S. 69 at Iowa 2 is restricted to one lane due to bridge work. Traffic signals are assisting motorists through the single 11-foot travel lane. 

Southwest Iowa

  • Traffic on I-80 in Adair County is head-to-head in the westbound lanes from milepost 73 to milepost 78. The eastbound lanes are closed for a bridge reconstruction project.
  • In Cass County on I-80 from milepost 58 to milepost 61, traffic is head-to-head in the eastbound lanes. The westbound lanes are closed for reconstruction of two bridges.
  • In Harrison County, I-29 lane closures are in place with a 12-foot width restriction in both the north- and southbound lanes at milepost 95. Northbound I-29 lanes are reduced to one 12-foot lane width at milepost 92. Both work zones are in place to accommodate bridge deck overlay projects.
  • I-80 in Pottawattamie County is reduced to one lane in both west- and eastbound lanes at two locations for bridge deck overlay projects. The lane closures at milepost 19 near Underwood and milepost 25 near Neola also restrict the open lane to a 12-foot width limit.
  • Asphalt resurfacing on the northbound lanes of I-29 in Mills County has rerouted traffic head-to-head in the southbound between milepost 25 and 32.
  • In Council Bluffs, I-80 work continues at the 24th Street interchange (milepost 2). Although no lane restrictions are expected on I-80 over the holiday weekend, 24th Street continues to be restricted to one lane in each direction.

Central Iowa

  • U.S. 6 in Jasper County is restricted to one lane in each direction at two locations between Kellogg and Grinnell. Traffic at the two locations is assisted by traffic signals.
  • Iowa 163 traffic is head-to-head in the westbound lanes to accommodate construction on the Mud Creek and Camp Creek bridges, along with sight distance improvements being made to the roadway. While traffic is head-to-head, access to the following side roads from Iowa 163 will be closed: north- and southbound N.E. 91st Street and southbound N.E. 108th St.
  • Traffic on Iowa 926 in Fort Dodge at the Karl King Bridge over the Des Moines River and Chicago Central Railroad, four-lane traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction, and speed within the work zone is reduced to 35 mph. A 12-foot, 6-inch width restriction is in place, and all loads wider than the set limit should follow a marked detour around the work area.
  • The southbound outside lane of U.S. 69 (E. 14th Street) in Des Moines is closed from Milton Avenue to Henderson Avenue. Traffic is restricted to one northbound and one southbound lane with a center turning lane.
  • In Greene County, traffic on U.S. 30 over Beaver Creek is directed to an on-site detour 0.8 miles east of the Greene County line due to bridge reconstruction. The speed limit in the work zone is reduced to 35 mph. Lane width through the on-site detour is restricted to 11 feet.
  • In Ames, eastbound U.S. 30 is reduced to one 11-foot lane across the bridge at Iowa 930 (Lincoln Way) to accommodate bridge deck overlay work on the existing bridge deck.

When traveling through a work zone, motorists should minimize distractions, leave ample space between vehicles, and obey all posted speed limits and directional signs.

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Contacts:
For general work zone issues: Mark Bortle at 515-239-1587 or mark.bortle@dot.iowa.gov

For project specific information:

Central Iowa: Wes Musgrove at 515-239-1542 or wes.musgrove@dot.iowa.gov

Northern/Northeast Iowa: Ron Loecher at 641-394-3161 or ron.loecher@dot.iowa.gov

Northwest Iowa: Todd Huju at 712-274-5826 or todd.huju@dot.iowa.gov

Southwest Iowa: George Feazell at 712-243-7628 or george.feazell@dot.iowa.gov

Southeast Iowa: Fred Bartos at 641-469-4005 or frederick.bartos@dot.iowa.gov

Eastern Iowa: Bruce Kuehl at 319-364-0235 or bruce.kuehl@dot.iowa.gov


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