Iowa DOT News Release

Multiple construction closures expected this week in Council Bluffs

Posted on: May 07, 2021

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – May 7, 2021 – Council Bluffs interstate travelers will soon notice construction activities on the Interstate 80/I-29 dual, divided freeway are nearing completion. There will be planned, temporary, and overnight closures occurring throughout next week to complete the project. All dates and events may change due to weather.

I-29 Southbound/I-80 Eastbound Local Closed Overnight Sunday and Monday

  • On Sunday night, May 9, all travelers on southbound I-29/eastbound I-80 Local will exit at the South Expressway from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. (Monday morning). The eastbound I-80 Express will remain open.

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  • On Monday night, May 10, the full southbound I-29/eastbound I-80 Local system will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Travelers will have to use the eastbound I-80 Express lanes. Travelers wanting to get off the interstate at 24th Street or South Expressway should follow the detour to Madison Avenue.

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I-80 Eastbound Express Closed Overnight Tuesday and Wednesday

The full eastbound I-80 Express system will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., on both Tuesday, May 11, and Wednesday, May 12. Travelers can use southbound I-29/eastbound I-80 Local to get to their destinations.

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Dual, Divided Freeway Opening

The full I-80/I-29 dual, divided freeway system will be open to traffic on Thursday morning, May 13, weather permitting. One of the many benefits this system will offer is redundancy and allows traffic to keep moving in both directions, even if lanes are blocked because of a crash or maintenance. Travelers should be aware that traffic merging from the South Expressway will now have a separate ramp to allow trucks to accelerate to highway speeds. Travelers may encounter additional lane closures as contractors finish their work in the area.

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Know Before You Go!

Iowa DOT encourages motorists to plan ahead, avoid distractions, follow signs and use caution while becoming accustomed to new traffic patterns. For notifications, please visit and sign up for real time traffic alerts. Additional information can be found at If you have questions or comments about construction impacts, please call us at 712-216-3339 or email us at

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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