CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Aug. 17, 2012 – A hot-mix asphalt (HMA) overlay and rail retrofitting project on southbound Interstate 380 from 1.4 miles north of County Home Road to 33rd Avenue in Cedar Rapids will require lane restrictions nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. with occasional ramp closures beginning Sunday, Aug.19, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Cedar Rapids construction office.
HMA work will occur from the north end of southbound I-380 to Cedar Lake, on the mainline and will also include the ramps. However, before HMA overlay work begins, existing pavement will be patched. Subdrain will be added along the mainline and shoulders will be repaired. In addition, the guardrail will be updated at several locations from just north of the Cedar River south to 33rd Avenue.
Lane restrictions and occasional ramp closures will occur in the areas where construction work is taking place. In the three-lane sections of I-380, a lane may be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. so the contractor/subcontractor can prepare for the next stage of the project.
Work will continue until the weather is no longer favorable for construction activities. This is expected to be a long-term project continuing through spring 2013. Information will be released throughout the project to keep the public informed.
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limits 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.