MILLS COUNTY, Iowa – An about 50-mile stretch of I-29 in southwest Iowa has re-opened almost two months after being flooded by the Missouri River.
The Iowa Department of Transportation opened the interstate between Highway 34 and the Missouri border Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m.
“Right now we’ve got i-29 opened up from essentially the Missouri State line to Council Bluffs,” said Scott Suhr, District Planner for the Iowa DOT. “We do have a lot of work still occurring, we’ll have some lane shifts, head to head traffic in some areas.”
Drivers should expect intermittent lane closures and will have to deal with head to head traffic on the southbound bridge at the 8.5-mile marker. Exit and entry points to the interstate will be limited because of ongoing flooding and pavement repairs.
The interchange at Iowa 2 will be open so travelers can use services and the road east of the exit is open. Iowa 2 west of the interstate remains closed because the water level is still too high. DOT Engineers tried a new solution to draining water from Highway 2, while allowing traffic on the road, but the water rose again, so the road remains closed.
We got a foot of course aggregate that’s placed on top of highway 2 with a fabric barrier between it and the road rock which is also a foot deep,” said Suhr. “So essentially the water will percolate through the rock and allow motorists to go over it.”
Parts of I-29 have been closed since mid-March because of historic Missouri River flooding and water still surrounds much of the interstate. DOT Planners hope to have all flood-related repairs done in western Iowa by Memorial Day.
You can keep track of the road closures from the DOT here.