$700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (and Streetcars!).

Moderators: Coyote, Omaha Cowboy, Brad, nebugeater

User avatar
guitarguy
Parks & Recreation
Posts: 1292
Joined: Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:39 am
Location: New York City..Soon To Be Omaha
Contact:

Postby guitarguy » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:31 am

I still laugh that Omaha starts planning road widening at even the slightest hint of congestion and in NYC they just tell you. Screw you buddy.. its only ever going to be 4 lanes.. deal with it.

MTO
City Council
Posts: 7890
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:49 am
Location: Dundee

Postby MTO » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:28 am

We have the room.

cdub
Parks & Recreation
Posts: 1214
Joined: Tue May 23, 2006 1:38 pm
Location: Tempe. AZ

Postby cdub » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:25 am

MTO wrote:We have the room.


But not the money.

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28557
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Postby Brad » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:43 am

I am still a bit surprised that they aren't going to include at least two loops on 24th street.  Do they not do that in Iowa?  Similar to what Nebraska has done for 84th, 72nd, 60th, and 42nd.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28557
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Brad » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:04 am

$2 billion interstate project revving up in Council Bluffs

http://www.omaha.com/article/20140122/N ... 29689/1685" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Andrew J. Nelson / World-Herald staff writer wrote:
The rebuilding of the Bluffs freeway system is the biggest project in the Iowa Department of Transportation's history, and the department wants to speed up the work.

The department has signed off on $120 million in projects over the past five years in Council Bluffs. Now it hopes to spend that amount every year for the next decade to update the Interstate system to accommodate growing traffic counts.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

Jason4225
Home Owners Association
Posts: 111
Joined: Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:20 pm
Location: Rockbrook

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Jason4225 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:47 pm

I'm glad to hear they are trying to speed this project up. It may be a little overkill, but an upgrade is severely needed. I drive this stretch anywhere from 2-4 times per day. I have been surprised on the amount of work they have done over the winter. It will be interesting to see how traffic flow is affected during the construction.

icejammer
County Board
Posts: 3597
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 11:39 am
Location: Council Bluffs

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby icejammer » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:12 am

A reminder for those interested:

Open House for the Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
4:00–7:00 p.m.
Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program Office
Mall of the Bluffs
1751 Madison Avenue, Suite 750, Council Bluffs, IA
(Enter on the east side of the Mall, next to the Dillard’s Clearance Store.)
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."

--William Jennings Bryan

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28557
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Brad » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:32 pm

Photo Update:
1.
Image
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

mrsticka
Human Relations
Posts: 671
Joined: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:31 am
Location: Lincoln

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby mrsticka » Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:36 am

Will they install high mast lights at that interchange or keep the regular street lights? If this were being built in Nebraska, you can guarantee they'd install high masts.

MTO
City Council
Posts: 7890
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:49 am
Location: Dundee

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby MTO » Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:19 pm

Some descent flyovers.
15-17, 26, 32

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28557
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Brad » Tue May 06, 2014 12:21 am

I had an on location photo shoot last week. While I was there I shot a couple shots of the new bridges at the 80/29 interchange.

1.
Image

2.
Image
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

mrsticka
Human Relations
Posts: 671
Joined: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:31 am
Location: Lincoln

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby mrsticka » Thu May 08, 2014 11:32 pm

Good photos. Looks like construction's coming along nicely. I wouldn't be surprised if they finished ahead of schedule, like the West Dodge Expressway.

User avatar
HR Paperstacks
Parks & Recreation
Posts: 1721
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:39 pm
Location: Midtown Crossing

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby HR Paperstacks » Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:55 pm

The new southbound bridge from the west leg of I-29 to I-80 east is opening October 10th:

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/I-29-Improvements-On-The-Way-278292611.html

WOWT wrote:The new I-29 southbound bridge is set to open the morning of October 10th (weather permitting). Traffic will use this new southbound I-29 bridge to merge with I-80 eastbound on the right when travelling through the area.

...

Once the new I-29 SB bridge opens, eastbound I-80 traffic destined for 24th Street will exit earlier on the system just east of the Missouri River Bridge. New lighting and signs in Nebraska and Iowa will inform travelers of the shift in traffic flow, so keep an eye out for these changes.

User avatar
skinzfan23
County Board
Posts: 5247
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:26 am
Location: Omaha/Bellevue

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:30 am

Council Bluffs’ new I-29/I-80 interchange will feel more natural, should be safer for drivers

The second bridge will serve eastbound I-80 traffic merging onto northbound I-29.

After it opens, those on eastbound I-80 crossing the Missouri River from Nebraska who want to travel north on I-29 will exit to the right, then merge onto the left lane of I-29. It will be about three more years until the reconstruction work is far enough along that motorists can merge into the right, northbound lane.

Another big change will be coming in mid-November. At that point, a new exit from westbound I-80 to northbound I-29 will open. Motorists will likely find the new roadway easier to navigate because the pavement markings can now be difficult to see because of the construction work.




Image

Image

I will be very glad when this opens today. Just last Friday I was traveling eastbound on I-80 and a semi going southbound on I-29 just merged into my lane while driving at least 70 mph in a 55 mph construction zone. I am not sure how I didn't get hit. It is good that I didn't because I would have been thrown into the cars in the right lane next to me. This option will be much safer.

User avatar
Coyote
City Council
Posts: 20812
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2003 11:18 am
Location: Three floors down
Contact:

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Coyote » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:06 am

I have had that happen several times, driving east on I-80 in the past few weeks. There is no merging or right of way, or for that matter I don't think I have even seen a warning sign. I'm surprised there hasn't been an accident there yet.
Image

User avatar
skinzfan23
County Board
Posts: 5247
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:26 am
Location: Omaha/Bellevue

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:21 pm

Coyote wrote:I have had that happen several times, driving east on I-80 in the past few weeks. There is no merging or right of way, or for that matter I don't think I have even seen a warning sign. I'm surprised there hasn't been an accident there yet.

I believe they have had several. That is why a few years ago they extended the left lanes so you didn't need to merge over immediately. In my situation what made me even more mad was the fact that after the semi cut me off, he then merged back into the left lane in a 1/4 mile. I hate driving near semis and try to avoid being near them. I understand that they have blind spots but sometimes it seems like the drivers are just blind or think they own the hwy.

User avatar
nebugeater
County Board
Posts: 6151
Joined: Wed Aug 04, 2004 6:07 pm
Location: Gretna NE

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby nebugeater » Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:16 pm

Not to take this off topic but I was by one of "those" semi drivers a couple of years ago on I 80 through Omaha My first encounter was coming off of 13th street onto I 80 West bound and he felt that the merge in lane was the place for him to go around a car on the right side to get around him rather than allowing for merging traffic. He just about took me out. Over the course of the next few miles I saw him change lanes MANY times and run up on the back of vehicles to the point of inches, not feet. I was maintaining one lane and one speed and he would go from in front of me to behind me so I had the chance to see the gaps first hand and accurately.

This is the one and only time that I called one of the HOW IS MY DRIVER numbers on the back of the truck. To my surprise the # was answered and after a quick exchange I was asked if I could see the truck now. I could and then I was forward to a company safety person. They asked me to confirm the number on the trailer and soon using the on board GPS and computer link they told me exactly where he was and asked to confirm. I had already told them what I had witnessed and the person on the phone told me that the speed logs backed up what I was telling them > they thanked me for the call and asked me if I wanted to be contacted for follow up and I said no. Within the next mile or so the truck slowed WAY down and went to one lane. The driver had a headset on so I am sure he was being talked to. I stayed behind him for the next 15 miles or so and he was a model driver. Wounder what ever happened when he was back "home" Made me believe in those numbers on the back of some trucks.
For the record  NEBUGEATER does not equal BUGEATER    !!!!!!!

User avatar
Coyote
City Council
Posts: 20812
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2003 11:18 am
Location: Three floors down
Contact:

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Coyote » Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:41 pm

Which segment opened today?
Image

User avatar
HR Paperstacks
Parks & Recreation
Posts: 1721
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:39 pm
Location: Midtown Crossing

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby HR Paperstacks » Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:18 pm

Coyote wrote:Which segment opened today?

I remember reading the eastbound 80 to northbound 29 ramp was supposed to open.

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28557
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Brad » Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:57 pm

This Week was the Eastbound I80 to Northbound I29
Last Week was the Southbound I29 to Eastbound I80
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Omaha_Gabe
Human Relations
Posts: 731
Joined: Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:22 pm
Location: Midtown Crossings

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Omaha_Gabe » Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:19 pm

Great to see a large sound wall going up!

User avatar
skinzfan23
County Board
Posts: 5247
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:26 am
Location: Omaha/Bellevue

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:26 am

Westbound motorists on I-80 and northbound on I-29 will begin shifting to new pavement lanes west of the South Expressway exit at 6 a.m. Friday, the Iowa Department of Transportation said. Motorists were urged to use caution while shifting to the new lanes.

Iowa officials said the new lanes are permanent pavement put down in preparation for the construction of I-80 westbound express lanes. Construction on those express lanes is set to begin in summer 2015.

jag42
Home Owners Association
Posts: 160
Joined: Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:29 pm
Location: Omaha Metro Area

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby jag42 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:49 pm

I see on the news signs they have put up over the interstate in Council Bluffs, they have covered up the exit numbers. The new signs had exit numbers corresponding to I-29 mile markers....someone must have decided to go back to using I-80 milage markers for the exit numbers?

Trips
Home Owners Association
Posts: 200
Joined: Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:50 pm

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Trips » Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:58 pm

Am I the only one that thinks they have issues with the signs when coming from Omaha. I visit the casino's once or twice a week and am not sure the last time I did not have to hear about someone missing a turn.

My first attempt to get off on 24th St ended up in getting off on the S. Expressway. I just following 3 cars that also missed and flipped around and backtracked. Attempt #2 was to go to Harrah's and missed the second right turn and ended up on 24th this time. (I could have made the turn but noticed late and was safer to not take it)

User avatar
skinzfan23
County Board
Posts: 5247
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:26 am
Location: Omaha/Bellevue

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:22 pm

At least you didn't stop and try to reverse on the off ramp to get back on the interstate. I have seen that a few times. I am not quite sure what people are thinking when they do this. It is always much better to just go to the next exit and then head back towards the direction you just came.

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28557
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Brad » Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:25 pm

The 24th street exit is marked, but the exit starts way back by the river.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Omaha_Gabe
Human Relations
Posts: 731
Joined: Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:22 pm
Location: Midtown Crossings

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Omaha_Gabe » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:57 am

I'm sure this will cause some business to lose some $$


"The Interstate 29 northbound on- and off-ramps at the U.S. Highway 275 and Iowa Highway 92 interchange – Exit 47 – are expected to close for approximately one year beginning on April 16, the Iowa Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Motorists will need to follow the marked detour to South Expressway and Iowa Highway 192 (Exit 3). Denmark Drive into Metro Crossing Shopping Center will also close from approximately April through September 2015. Metro Drive will remain open throughout construction."

nativeomahan
Planning Board
Posts: 3472
Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2004 2:46 pm
Location: Omaha

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby nativeomahan » Sun May 03, 2015 8:04 am

With the huge mess of construction in CB it is great now to be able for Omahans to use the Kennedy Freeway south to the new Missouri River bridge on the south side of Bellevue. It saved us almost 10 minutes returning from Kansas City, not to mention a ton less aggravation. We left KC about 1:30 and pulled into my driveway in Omaha before 4 pm.

User avatar
Seth
Parks & Recreation
Posts: 1439
Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:59 pm
Location: Ford Birthsite Neighborhood

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Seth » Thu May 14, 2015 1:30 pm

nativeomahan wrote:With the huge mess of construction in CB it is great now to be able for Omahans to use the Kennedy Freeway south to the new Missouri River bridge on the south side of Bellevue. It saved us almost 10 minutes returning from Kansas City, not to mention a ton less aggravation. We left KC about 1:30 and pulled into my driveway in Omaha before 4 pm.


That's a good idea. I went to KC a couple weeks ago and took the normal I80-I29 route. Is the Bellevue bridge a toll route?

User avatar
skinzfan23
County Board
Posts: 5247
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:26 am
Location: Omaha/Bellevue

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby skinzfan23 » Thu May 14, 2015 2:37 pm

Seth wrote:
nativeomahan wrote:With the huge mess of construction in CB it is great now to be able for Omahans to use the Kennedy Freeway south to the new Missouri River bridge on the south side of Bellevue. It saved us almost 10 minutes returning from Kansas City, not to mention a ton less aggravation. We left KC about 1:30 and pulled into my driveway in Omaha before 4 pm.


That's a good idea. I went to KC a couple weeks ago and took the normal I80-I29 route. Is the Bellevue bridge a toll route?

The new Hwy 34 bridge that goes over to Glenwood, IA from near Platteview Rd in Bellevue is not a toll road. It is a 4-lane highway. The only bridges that are toll roads in the metro are the Plattsmouth bridge and the Hwy 370 bridge in Bellevue near Haworth Park.

MadMartin8
Planning Board
Posts: 2168
Joined: Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:48 pm
Location: Beyond Thunderdome

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby MadMartin8 » Thu May 14, 2015 7:06 pm

skinzfan23 wrote:
Seth wrote:
nativeomahan wrote:With the huge mess of construction in CB it is great now to be able for Omahans to use the Kennedy Freeway south to the new Missouri River bridge on the south side of Bellevue. It saved us almost 10 minutes returning from Kansas City, not to mention a ton less aggravation. We left KC about 1:30 and pulled into my driveway in Omaha before 4 pm.


That's a good idea. I went to KC a couple weeks ago and took the normal I80-I29 route. Is the Bellevue bridge a toll route?

The new Hwy 34 bridge that goes over to Glenwood, IA from near Platteview Rd in Bellevue is not a toll road. It is a 4-lane highway. The only bridges that are toll roads in the metro are the Plattsmouth bridge and the Hwy 370 bridge in Bellevue near Haworth Park.



Every time I drive back from KC, I consider taking 34, but always thought it was a toll road. Thanks for clearing that up, I'll definitely be taking that to avoid the cluster**** that is I-80 in Omaha.
No posts exist for this topic

User avatar
S33
County Board
Posts: 4552
Joined: Wed May 07, 2008 12:15 pm

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby S33 » Thu May 14, 2015 8:17 pm

MadMartin8 wrote:Every time I drive back from KC, I consider taking 34, but always thought it was a toll road. Thanks for clearing that up, I'll definitely be taking that to avoid the cluster**** that is I-80 in Omaha.

It's definitely can be faster than going I-80 thru CB, and a nicer drive. Just a fair warning, though, don't speed on the Nebraska side of that bridge...
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill

User avatar
skinzfan23
County Board
Posts: 5247
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:26 am
Location: Omaha/Bellevue

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby skinzfan23 » Thu May 14, 2015 9:26 pm

Yeah it is pretty easy to speed on the Nebraska side...the road is smooth and flat and with nothing else around the road, it never feels like you are going fast.

User avatar
HR Paperstacks
Parks & Recreation
Posts: 1721
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:39 pm
Location: Midtown Crossing

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby HR Paperstacks » Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:34 pm

According to KETV, IDOT has moved up some of its construction timeline along I-29 and I-480 near Playland Park to help with better access.

User avatar
skinzfan23
County Board
Posts: 5247
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:26 am
Location: Omaha/Bellevue

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby skinzfan23 » Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:59 pm

HR Paperstacks wrote:According to KETV, IDOT has moved up some of its construction timeline along I-29 and I-480 near Playland Park to help with better access.

That is great news to hear. State officials working with local developers to get things done. Sounds like great team work.

MTO
City Council
Posts: 7890
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:49 am
Location: Dundee

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby MTO » Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:09 pm

15-17, 26, 32

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28557
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Brad » Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:55 pm

Aerial Photo Update.

1. Looking North West on 1-29 Towards CB
Image

2. Looking NW towards Council Bluffs
Image

3. 1-29 and Highway 275 Interchange
Image

4. Took this more for the rail yard, but looking southwest.
Image
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

MTO
City Council
Posts: 7890
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:49 am
Location: Dundee

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby MTO » Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:07 pm

I hope in the far future NDoR will take this approach of separating the through traffic from the on/off traffic on I-80.
15-17, 26, 32

User avatar
skinzfan23
County Board
Posts: 5247
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:26 am
Location: Omaha/Bellevue

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:59 pm

MTO wrote:I hope in the far future NDoR will take this approach of separating the through traffic from the on/off traffic on I-80.

That would be especially nice on the I-80/680 interchange. There is no need for all those bridges, I-80 should be the "express route" similar to what they are doing in CB.

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28557
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: $700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

Postby Brad » Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:00 pm

Aerial Photo Update.

1.
Image


The Rest of these photos are of the Railroad Changes which are part of the interstate reconstruction.



2.
Image

3.
Image

4.
Image

5.
Image

6.
Image

7.
Image

8.
Image

9.
Image

10.
Image

11.
Image

12.
Image
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member


Return to “Transportation”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests