A massive Interstate highway project costing more than $700 million and taking more than a decade to complete is scheduled to get under way in 2008 in Omaha and Council Bluffs.
A second Interstate 80 bridge will be built over the Missouri River to connect the two cities, and Interstates 80 and 29 will be widened and rebuilt.
The work will be the most expensive urban Interstate reconstruction project in Iowa history.
- Second Missouri River bridge will be built and will carry westbound traffic (with the original
bridge being dedicated to eastbound traffic).
- Three interstate junctions in Council Bluffs, incl. I-80 and I-29 just east of the river which
today carries an average of 82,000 vehicles per day
- East and westbound lanes between the 80/29 junctions will have -6- lanes in either direction
- 2-mile stretch of I-80 on the Nebraska side will be widened with ramps at the 13th Street interchange being
- A quick fix project will start in spring to add a third eastbound lane from 24th to the
eastern junction of I-80/29 to be completed in the following fall.
Mike Golwitzer does battle on eastbound I-80 in Council Bluffs every day. The Council Bluffs resident takes I-80 home every night from his Omaha business. The drive takes at least 20 minutes and can easily stretch to 40 minutes.
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