COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – March 27, 2019 – The westbound Interstate 80/northbound I-29 segment of the dual, divided freeway in Council Bluffs is now open to traffic. This design physically separates through traffic on I-80 from local traffic on I-29 destined for Council Bluffs. Drivers wanting to travel within Council Bluffs will choose local lanes to access exits. For more information on how to use the new freeway, watch our video posted at http://www.councilbluffsinterstate.iowadot.gov/projects/dual-divided-freeway/.
The Iowa DOT chose a dual, divided freeway design because it offers greater flexibility to travelers, reduces congestion and will improve safety and efficiency. For example, it allows traffic to keep moving in both directions, even if lanes are closed because of a crash. This design allows through traffic to utilize both express and local lanes, offering more lanes overall. On the previous interstate configuration, through traffic merged with local traffic at on- and off-ramps creating congestion, especially during peak traffic hours. The dual, divided freeway separates through traffic from local traffic, eliminating delay and reducing conflict. The dual, divided freeway will also reduce the number of crashes caused by merging traffic between interchanges.
Drivers should note that westbound I-80 express traffic destined for northbound I-29 (exit 1) will not be able to access the exit until the permanent pavement is constructed in approximately three months. In the meantime, drivers should use northbound I-29/westbound I-80 local lanes. If drivers accidentally choose the express lanes and need to get back to a Council Bluffs exit, drivers can exit at 13th Street in Omaha and turn around.
The Iowa DOT encourages motorists to follow signs and use caution while becoming accustomed to the traffic shift. The Iowa DOT thanks drivers for their patience as we continue to work towards completion.
The Iowa DOT encourages motorists to follow signs and use caution while becoming accustomed to the traffic shift. An online meeting was developed at www.CouncilBluffsInterstate.IowaDOT.gov to explain the upcoming changes and impacts to travelers and local businesses in the area.
Iowa DOT strives to minimize the impact construction has on travel and businesses. For more information or to sign up for alerts, visit the program website at www.CouncilBluffsInterstate.IowaDOT.gov. You can also contact the program office at 712-216-3339 or info@CouncilBluffsInterstate.com.
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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