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