CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Sept. 11, 2018 – Beginning Monday, Sept. 17, Kansas Avenue, near the Interstates 80 and 380 Systems Interchange will be closed (see map) to make room for a new directional ramp from eastbound I-80, south to U.S. 218. This closure is anticipated to last up to two months, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 6 Office.
Additional construction activities on the Systems Interchange project include grading work on westbound I-80 to northbound I-380 and eastbound I-80 to southbound U.S. 218. Traffic will shift to a temporary shoulder pavement during construction. This fall, the Iowa DOT will begin construction of the new eastbound I-80 to northbound I-380 flyover ramp. Temporary night closures are anticipated for the existing ramp. Travelers are encouraged to be aware of and follow posted directional signs.
The I-80/I-380 Systems Interchange Project is a comprehensive redesign that will modernize the interchange and improve mobility and safety. The Iowa DOT is replacing the existing Systems Interchange with a higher capacity design that will benefit freight trucking, public and commuter traffic, and the rural agriculture and manufacturing economy. Today, this interchange experiences excessive congestion and safety concerns. The project will reconstruct the interchange and add lanes, allowing more vehicles to travel safely and smoothly through the area.
To learn more about the I-80/I-380 Systems Interchange Project or to submit a comment, visit www.iowadot.gov/i80-i380.
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit 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.
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