$700 million I-80/29 reconstruction project

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Postby icejammer » Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:51 pm

Thank you NDOR for your timely attention to Phase I....  :roll:  

And thank you Gov. Chet for taking care of the folk outside of the 'Golden Circle'... :evil:

. . .  More than 80 people gathered at the MAC to hear updates from state roads officials on how interstate reconstruction is coming along.

The entire interstate system through the city has been divided into segments and construction timelines. Segment 2, which covers I-29/80 from the Missouri River to Indian Creek and up north to the Nebraska Avenue interchange, was discussed at the meeting. . . .

Included in this segment is the reconstruction of the South 24th Street bridge, currently in progress. That bridge is being widened to allow for one left-turn lane onto the interstate and eventually two left-turn lanes, said IDOT spokesman Jeff Owen. Work on the southbound lanes should be completed in late July, he said, followed by the northbound lanes.

"The whole bridge should be done by October," he said.

Huge art sculptures to be installed at the four corners of the bridge are also in the works, Owen said. . . .

This work must coordinate with construction on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River, officials said, including that state's project on reconstructing the I-80 bridge over the river. Plans there call for five lanes in each direction. The possible date for that to be completed and for Segment 2 to begin is 2011 [editorial note - two years ago, that start date was 2009], officials said. It could then take seven to eight years to do the major widening work and then possibly a five-year delay for completion because of funding concerns, they said.
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Postby thenewguy » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:51 pm

Brad wrote:
thenewguy wrote:i agree.  I think it would be cooler if they renamed the 24Th street bridge that instead.  That whole thing is going to be nice looking...and fitting of a name other than "24Th street bridge".


I was thinking this:

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and this:

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As opposed to this:
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yeah, you're right; those are far more significant by comparison.  Much more fitting of a fancy name.
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Postby thenewguy » Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:35 pm

you know, going across the river into Omaha is really impressive when you count 9 or 10 cranes by the river
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Postby mcarch » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:13 am

What I'd like to see is the design for the Pedestrian Bridge to be used on the new Bridge over the River... but since we have one already, I'm sure well use a plain jane.[/left]

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Postby icejammer » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:52 am

Trains will be welcome wagons to I-80 drivers

It's hard to miss those two large trains on the hill north of Interstate 80 and just across from the Missouri River.

In coming years, drivers heading into Omaha on I-80 will get an even closer look at the mighty locomotives.

Part of the hill will be removed and replaced with westbound lanes for an I-80 widening project that will start next year and finish in 2011.

Have no fear, says Spencer Crews, executive director of the Lauritzen Gardens. The trains in the gardens' Kenefick Park will be safe and sound and will not have to be relocated. . . .


Omaha Interstate plans hit 2-year snag

. . . State officials say a lack of federal money is pushing back the completion date for the I-480 improvements. Also affected by the lack of federal money are the widening of Interstate 80 near the Missouri River and Interstate projects serving Lincoln and Grand Island.

Things could change if Nebraska receives a significant boost in roads funding from Washington, but President-elect Barack Obama has yet to detail his plan to jump-start the economy.

In the meantime, the Nebraska Roads Department is being "very fiscally conservative in what we're planning," said spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie. . . .

Iowa has not revised the timing of its Interstate construction work, said Dena Gray-Fisher, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Transportation. The department, she said, still is waiting to see whether Congress will provide extra roads funds. . . .

Nebraska still plans to begin widening Interstate 80 from the Missouri River next year.

However, problems with funding and scheduling mean crews will work only from the river to 13th Street instead of to 24th Street, as originally planned. The remaining construction won't begin until 2013.

The change will cut the cost of the first part of the project from $25 million to $18 million. The abbreviated work should be complete in 2011. The Interstate will be widened from two to five lanes in each direction.

Besides funding problems, Roads Department spokesman Burns said, the Omaha work is being postponed because of the timing of Iowa's construction of a new I-80 bridge in Council Bluffs.

Stopping work at 13th Street also means the 13th Street ramps to the Interstate will remain open during the last two College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium. The series is to move to a downtown ballpark in 2011. . . .
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Postby S33 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:48 am

Great, those awesome rush hour delays into CB won't go away till 2012 at the earliest?

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Postby icejammer » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:58 am

Daily Nonpareil wrote:A public information and input meeting on the widening of Interstates 29/80 will be held Tuesday at the Mid-America Center from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Iowa Department of Transportation will provide information and gather feedback on the second segment of a massive widening project involving I-29/80 from South 24th Street to the Missouri River and part of I-29 to the north.

Eventually, there will be 12 lanes for I-29/80 and six lanes for I-29 in the area.
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Postby icejammer » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:58 am

IDOT lays out interstate expansion plans

. . .  On Tuesday, Iowa Department of Transportation officials discussed the continuation of a massive reconstruction of the interstate system around Council Bluffs, focusing on the second segment of the project.

This segment covers the stretch of Interstate 29/80 from just east of the Missouri River to Indian Creek and I-29 on the western edge of the city to the Union Pacific Railroad overpass north of Nebraska Avenue.

More than 90,000 vehicles a day use I-29/80, which runs east and west along a fast developing area that includes Bass Pro Shops, restaurants, Star Cinema, the Mid-America Center, Horseshoe Casino, the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex and the Western Historic Trails Center.

The plans call for widening this stretch to six lanes in each direction.

"Three lanes of I-80 will be express and three lanes of I-29/80 on the outside will be local," said IDOT spokesman Scott Suhr.

Because of the heavy traffic volume, this portion of the second segment will probably be built first, Suhr said.

The other portion on this segment will involve construction of three lanes in each direction on I-29 north of its west junction with I-80. The interchange at Nebraska Avenue, along with the railroad overpass, will be reconstructed. . . .

The first step in this second segment will be the purchase of land for the highway expansion, he said. Only two homes, near Indian Creek, will be demolished and they have already been acquired, Skogerboe said. The purchase of the needed land could begin early this year, Suhr said. Actual construction, however, might not start until 2011, or later, with the I-29/80 stretch completed by 2016 or later, he said. . . .

There were concerns, however, raised at Tuesday's meeting at the Mid-America Center.

The IDOT is looking at purchasing some 60 acres of land from the Western Historic Trails Center, according to its director, K.C. Collins-Hummel. This comes at a time when the center had planned to start an educational program that included bison living on the property. . . .
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Postby Brad » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:25 pm

Do they need to rebuild the UP bridge?
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Postby icejammer » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:24 pm

Brad wrote:Do they need to rebuild the UP bridge?


Well, it will definitely have to increase in span in order to clear an extra 2+ lanes of traffic.  They're not likely to tear it out and build a new one (although I have seen it done in 24 hours, albeit on a smaller bridge), so they'll have to be a little creative in extending it out to the proper span.
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Postby Brad » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:52 pm

icejammer wrote:
Brad wrote:Do they need to rebuild the UP bridge?


Well, it will definitely have to increase in span in order to clear an extra 2+ lanes of traffic.  They're not likely to tear it out and build a new one (although I have seen it done in 24 hours, albeit on a smaller bridge), so they'll have to be a little creative in extending it out to the proper span.


I bet they can split it in half length wise and remove one track at a time.  Its 4 tracks, here is an older photo of it:

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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Sun May 03, 2009 4:25 pm

Was it really necessary to tear down ALL the trees that were in front of the trailer park east of 24th Street?

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Postby thenewguy » Sun May 03, 2009 8:51 pm

yeah, i didn't get the logic in that myself.  Not only was it a good wind barrier, but a visual barrier as well.  Could have just cleaned them up some, hauled out the ones that were damaged in the storm last spring.  On a side note, many of them are actually decent looking...but in the next tornado, they're going to be like 40' long bullets aimed at the interstate.  Or wherever they are lifted off to.
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Postby icejammer » Mon May 04, 2009 5:35 am

TitosBuritoBarn wrote:Was it really necessary to tear down ALL the trees that were in front of the trailer park east of 24th Street?


They probably could have waited a couple years, but they were all going to have to come down for the widening in a few years anyway.
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Postby Jason4225 » Mon May 04, 2009 10:14 pm

thenewguy wrote: Not only was it a good wind barrier, but a visual barrier as well.


I've been wondering the same. I thought the visual barrier was good since a view of the trailer park in the most highly trafficked section of road in the Bluffs is not great for the city's image. I thought the trees would be preferred by the residents for the reduction in noise. But who knows, I'm sure it was a good idea in someones mind.

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Postby UNOstudent » Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:26 pm

A little old, June 5th

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Postby Brad » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:21 am

Great Shot!  Thanks for Posting!!!
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Postby almighty_tuna » Sun Jul 05, 2009 1:54 pm

Great vantage point!  Can't wait until it's completed.

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Postby mcarch » Sun Jul 05, 2009 2:44 pm

Wish it was built like the Ped. Bridge.

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Postby Big E » Sun Jul 05, 2009 3:24 pm

mcarch wrote:Wish it was built like the Ped. Bridge.


You'd get dizzy driving around in circles. :;):
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Postby mcarch » Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:33 pm

I meant the main design not necessary the curve or the ramps leading up to it.

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Postby UNOstudent » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:29 pm

July 7th

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Postby omaja » Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:21 pm

Maybe we can put the money that we didn't spend on making the bridge special towards a fund that will A. make both spans the same color (preferably not the standard viaduct-puke-green or overpass-sh!t-brown) and B. light them up at night?

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The 480 bridge would probably benefit from the lights more than the 80 bridge, but both definitely need a new paint job.

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Postby Brad » Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:58 pm

Great update shots unosudent, chris??

Where was the under side shot taken?
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Postby UNOstudent » Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:12 pm

Yep, Chris is the name. Thanks for the props.

I was driving through the BNSF yard and just continued north to see how far I could go and I went to the I-80 bridges.

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Postby Brad » Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:25 pm

I have never ventured that far north.
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Postby Brad » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:08 pm

From the Iowa side during my bike ride:

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Postby StreetsOfOmaha » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:19 pm

I was just riding through there on Saturday myself, Brad. Just south of there is some BEAUTIFUL, pristine nature.

I wonder if, in conjunction with CB redoing its entire interstate system, that might include improving and updating signage as it relates to DTO (as talked about in another thread...).

There REALLY should be signage on wb I-80 as you come through CB indicating "DOWNTOWN OMAHA" for north I-29 to I-480 into Downtown. This is really the most logical route.

If you're coming into Omaha from Western Iowa to go to a concert at the Qwest Center, the interstate signage would have you stay on I-80 all the way to the southern terminus of I-480 to get Downtown, at which point you're totally backtracking.

Not to mention the unbelievably awesome view of the skyline coming over the 480 bridge.
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Postby Brad » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:23 pm

Actually its closed.  For the past few weeks you can NOT get from NB I29 to WB I480.  They are doing bridge work.
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Postby StreetsOfOmaha » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:31 pm

Hmmm. Is this in conjunction with the interstate system reconstruction? Or just maintenance?

And, traditionally, with a big redo like this, wouldn't that be when they would update signage, etc.?
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Postby Brad » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:32 pm

StreetsOfOmaha wrote:Hmmm. Is this in conjunction with the interstate system reconstruction? Or just maintenance?

And, traditionally, with a big redo like this, wouldn't that be when they would update signage, etc.?


I think they are just re-enforcing the railing?  But I am not sure....
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Postby icejammer » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:54 pm

They're doing some work on the bridge deck, might be doing something with the railing as well.
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Postby Bryan1117 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:56 pm

Coming back from Des Moines this evening, I couldn't help but notice that some really nice lighting (the "rope lights" mentioned in the Nonpariel article back on page 2) was added to the 24th Street Bridge over I-80 in Council Bluffs, which illuminates the railings of the bridge, making it really stand out when you are driving towards it. Nothing spectacular I know, but a cool touch to this well designed bridge.

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Postby icejammer » Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:29 am

Bryan1117 wrote:Coming back from Des Moines this evening, I couldn't help but notice that some really nice lighting (the "rope lights" mentioned in the Nonpariel article back on page 2) was added to the 24th Street Bridge over I-80 in Council Bluffs, which illuminates the railings of the bridge, making it really stand out when you are driving towards it. Nothing spectacular I know, but a cool touch to this well designed bridge.


Those have been up since they finished construction, but it took several months to where they have finally got the lights to all stay on at the same time for an extended period of time.  I do agree it looks nice.
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Postby StreetsOfOmaha » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:14 am

I noticed that, too icejammer. Over the summer it seemed like there were always sections that weren't on. It sounds like maybe they've worked the kinks out, which is a good thing.
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Postby Brad » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:57 pm

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Postby Big E » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:39 pm

We've had "aerial" and "arial" updates.  

Big E is very much looking forward to the inevitable de-evolution to the "areola" update.
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Postby Brad » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:49 am

Apparently they are closing I80 over night all spring and are to have it open by 6am.  However its almost 7 and still closed and traffic is backed up all the way to Lake Manaua.
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Postby bargainhunter » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:11 am

Holy S*IT!  This was the worst traffic I have experienced in the 4 years I lived here!  I-80W was backed up east of the Manawa exit.  And I don't just mean backed up, I mean NOT MOVING!  Took me 15 minutes to go from the Manawa exit to CB 24th St exit.  That's normally less than 1 minute.  I-29N to I-480 was backed up.  The Dodge St exit off I-480E was backed up past the 75N exit!  They will have to change the I-80 construction times or something.  I usually take Broadway to Dodge in the morning, but with Broadway detoured I have been taking I-80.  It would help if South Omaha Bridge was open.  Anyone know when that is expected to reopen?


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