AMES, Iowa – Sept. 23, 2011 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is announcing that it plans to reopen Interstate 29 from milepost 55 in Council Bluffs to milepost 71 near Loveland (I-680 interchange) at 7 p.m. today. The 16-mile stretch of interstate has been closed since June 9 due to the Missouri River flooding.
Significant work has been accomplished over the last few weeks to quickly reopen the road, including removal of tons of debris and hazardous materials, scraping the sludge from the roadway surface and hauling it away, power washing the pavement, testing the subsoil for stability, checking for voids under the pavement, and making repairs.
Restoring traffic to this section of interstate is critical to the economic recovery of the multistate region, which endured more than three months of flooding. Reopening the road reduces out-of-distance travel for many area residents and commercial motor carriers, and returns traffic to a highway system that is less congested and more efficient.
The Iowa DOT appreciates the public’s patience as additional work is underway up and down entire western Iowa border to restore traffic as quickly as possible.
For the latest updates on the Iowa DOT’s “fast-track” flood recovery efforts, photos of damaged roads and recovery work, and information about roads still closed due to flooding or flood damage, visit: http://www.iowadot.gov/floods/index.html