Iowa DOT News Release

UPDATED – Reopening of eastbound lanes of U.S. 34 near Pacific Junction postponed

Posted on: October 29, 2019

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – Oct. 29, 2019 – Due to pending winter weather, the reopening of lanes on U.S. 34 has been postponed.

The Iowa Department of Transportation hopes to reopen the eastbound lanes of U.S. 34 near Pacific Junction later this week, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 4 Office. The outside lane of U.S. 34 will remain closed for about a mile east of the Missouri River to allow a federal contractor to make repairs to levees in the area.

When the lanes reopen, the head-to-head traffic patterns and the 45 mph speed limits that were put in place due to area flooding will be removed, allowing traffic to return to the normal 65 mph speed limit.

The traffic signal at 188th Street will continue to flash red to function as an all-way stop.

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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