TrapBags to be removed along I-29 near Blencoe starting Monday
AMES, Iowa – Sept. 8, 2011 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting that a contractor will begin removing the TrapBags along Interstate 29 near Blencoe on Monday. The bags formed a barrier wall against the Missouri River flooding. Waters have begun to recede and the bags are no longer needed.
Iowa Plains Signing Inc. of Slater was the successful low bidder for this project. A bid letting for the project was held Wednesday, Sept. 7, with the low bid amount totaling $163,666.90. Seven bids were received by the Iowa DOT for the project.
The project will start Monday, Sept. 12 and continue through Sept. 30. The work involves cutting open the bags to release the rock, and then loading and hauling the rock from the site and disposing of the bags.
Prior to the flooding, bridge construction work was underway along this stretch of roadway. Therefore, the goal of this flood recovery project will be to return traffic to the work zone condition that existed before it was necessary to establish the emergency flood measures.
Northbound I-29 traffic will be detoured while the removal work is performed. The detour begins at the I-29 Blencoe interchange (exit 105), continues north seven miles on Monona County Road K-45, then west two miles on Iowa 175 to I-29 Onawa interchange (exit 112).
Media contact: Dena M. Gray-Fisher, 515-239-1922