Iowa DOT News Release



Additional eastbound I-80 lanes open on Missouri River bridge this Friday

Posted on: October 24, 2018

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – Oct. 24, 2018 – On Friday, Oct. 26, weather permitting, additional lanes will open on eastbound Interstate 80 just west of the Missouri River Bridge, creating five total lanes for eastbound I-80 traffic. Lanes will gradually merge back into the existing conditions east of the 24th Street interchange. 

“The Nebraska Department of Transportation is wrapping up their construction on I-80 near 13th Street,” said Scott Schram, Iowa DOT District 4 engineer. “We are excited to be able to add extra lanes on the bridge linking Nebraska and Iowa, which will help ease congestion for drivers as they travel east into Iowa.”

The Iowa DOT is in the process of reconstructing I-80, I-29 and I-480 in the Council Bluffs metropolitan area. This comprehensive interstate redesign will modernize the highway system and improve mobility and safety of approximately 18 miles of interstate. Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra travel time while this interstate improvement takes effect. 

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.

The latest traveler information is available anytime through our 511 system. Visit 511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at https://iowadot.gov/511/511-social-media-sites); or download the free app to your mobile device.

To receive email or text alerts about traffic incidents, road closures, traffic delays, and other restrictions that affect this highway route or other routes you travel, the Iowa DOT offers the “Your 511” option on 511ia.org. It’s easy to subscribe to Your 511 and sign up to receive the email/text alerts. Visit https://iowadot.gov/511/511-full-feature-website-help/how-to-videos for simple, step-by-step instructions.

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Contact: For more information, email info@CouncilBluffsInterstate.com, or call 712-216-3339.


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