Iowa DOT News Release

Reconstruction will begin today on damaged portions of I-29 south of U.S. 34

Posted on: April 18, 2019

AMES, Iowa – April 18, 2019 – Reconstruction of flood-damaged Interstate 29 from the U.S. 34 interchange south to the Missouri border began today. The Iowa Department of Transportation hopes to reopen this portion of I-29 to traffic in June, weather permitting.   

This is an important step forward to restoring mobility to those traveling in Southwest Iowa. Flood recovery involves several steps to make sure roadways are safe for you to travel. The recovery process continues on other roads impacted by flooding and may take anywhere from a few days to several months. For the latest status update on impacted roadways visit

The portion of I-29 from the U.S. 34 interchange to the Missouri border is closed to traffic while it is being reconstructed. Accessing closed portions of the roadway is illegal and dangerous for motorists. Roadway conditions within the construction area will change frequently making it dangerous or impossible for traffic to move through. In addition, traffic in the closed portion of the roadway endangers the safety of the workers trying to clear debris, assess damage, and complete restoration work. Respect all barricades and barriers indicating that the road is closed.

For the latest in flooding information and recovery resources, as well as an image gallery showing the flood damage and recovery efforts go to

The latest traveler information is available through, by calling 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); or by downloading the free app to your mobile device.


For additional information, please contact Scott Suhr at (712) 243-7627 or email at

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