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Postby Brad » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:17 am

bargainhunter wrote:It would help if South Omaha Bridge was open.  Anyone know when that is expected to reopen?


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Postby OmahaBen » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:40 am

bargainhunter wrote: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?


Welcome to construction season. The various planning agencies (Neb and Iowa Dept.'s of Roads, the Cities of Omaha and Council Bluffs) never coordinate their activities, which is why every road is closed at once.

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Postby Stargazer » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:00 am

I can't recall... are we re-building the I-80/480 stack with this project? (badly needed!)   480/North Freeway is looking so much better... would be nice to see the south interchange look so good.

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Postby almighty_tuna » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:53 am

It's probably a good thing that there was a delay opening the bridge this morning.  EB I80 was closed down to one lane because of an accident just before 680/I-L-Q and it was backed up all the way past 60th.

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Postby OmahaBen » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:53 am

Stargazer wrote:I can't recall... are we re-building the I-80/480 stack with this project? (badly needed!)   480/North Freeway is looking so much better... would be nice to see the south interchange look so good.


I-80/480/Kennedy Freeway just got redone ~10-15 years ago - it was one of the first parts of the I-80 expansion through Omaha. Doubtful it'll be touched again in a major way within the next 25 years.

To answer your immediate question though, no it's not part of this project. Besides the stretch from the river to 24th street, it's strictly an Iowa roads project.

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Postby Stargazer » Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:03 pm

Okay, I guess we just need someone with a sandblaster and paint gun to get their |expletive| out there and do something with the bridgework.

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Postby Jason4225 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:55 am

almighty_tuna wrote:It's probably a good thing that there was a delay opening the bridge this morning.  EB I80 was closed down to one lane because of an accident just before 680/I-L-Q and it was backed up all the way past 60th.


Yeah, I was fortunate enough to getting off of work at 7 in CB that morning on my way back into Omaha to get caught by both of those delays. My normal 25 minute commute turned into just over an hour. I'm sure we will have to get used to many delays in our commute until this project is completed. I see that they are starting to lay the dirt both EB and WB for the road construction. Should be great when it's completed.

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Postby windsor » Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:22 pm

Has anyone noticed how huge the 24th street bridge is.  The entire interstate is under half of the bridge.   That is a lot of room for future expansion.
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Postby OmahaBen » Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:10 pm

windsor wrote:Has anyone noticed how huge the 24th street bridge is.  The entire interstate is under half of the bridge.   That is a lot of room for future expansion.


The master plan calls for 6 lanes (I think) each direction where I-29 and I-80 share the road. 3 express lanes and 3 local lanes.

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Postby icejammer » Thu May 27, 2010 1:21 pm

There will be a public meeting at the MAC on June 8, from 5-8 pm (I think), to discuss the 3rd phase of the project (east of the east 80/29 spilt to Madison and south on 29).
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Postby Jason4225 » Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:53 pm

The base for the artwork that is going up on each corner of the 24th Street bridge is now being poured. If I remember correctly, the sculptures are supposed to be 35 feet tall. I have heard through the grapevine that the art is, to put it nicely, ugly. I ride my bike near there when I ride to work, so I'll snap some pics when they are up.

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Postby icejammer » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:50 pm

If you look back a page or two you'll see the links to the artwork, Jason.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but from what I've seen, I think the artwork is going to be quite impressive.
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Postby icejammer » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:53 am

Changes In Store For Council Bluffs Interstates

Changes are in store for the interstates around the Council Bluffs area. A five segment project has gotten well under way, the Iowa Department of Transportation is still taking feedback from area residents. . . .

24th street and the Missouri river bridge make up the first of five segments to improve the interstate system in the area. Changes district manager Scott Suhr says are in desperate need.

"Back when the interstate was built in Council Bluffs, it was probably carrying in the neighborhood of 20 to 30 thousand vehicles per day. Now we're looking at probably 90 thousand vehicles per day on two lanes, going each direction, so there's obviously a capacity issue." . . .
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Postby Brad » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:15 am

thenewguy wrote:
Jwunderlich wrote:Well it was a ballpark and empty open fields but they are supposed to be putting in a water feature / ice skating rink as well as some weird advertising columns that they have been selling space for to get grant money.  So i was just wondering if any one else had heard anything or seen anything.  I have also seen crews working on the interstate is that the widening and renewal project or are they just doing maintenance?


Do you mean the I-29 to 480 ramp going to Omaha?  I think it's more significant, they tore down like 5 houses off of ave G and cut down on the empty space between the interstate and the road.


That's segment 4, and Segment 4 is not even on the schedule yet...

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Postby Brad » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:55 am

Good news here for the Missouri River Bridge.

Road Work Continues

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/99786359.html

www.wowt.com wrote:For anyone who commutes to and from Iowa and Nebraska on I-80 over the Missouri River, drivers can expect to travel new ground. By the end of the week, the state expects westbound traffic to be moved over on the new westbound lanes so work can begin on the middle portion. This project isn't slated for completion until 2012. For drivers like Falconer, he says he never likes the delays and dirt, but in the end it's worth it. “You're complaining and probably cursing as you are driving through but once they get it done, it's like, wow, what a relief,” says Falconer.
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Postby nativeomahan » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:40 pm

Good to see progress moving right along on this project.  It is helping to make a nicer front door to Omaha.

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Postby icejammer » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:59 pm

Interstate work part of massive reconstruction plan

. . . The state plans to create dual left turn lanes for northbound expressway traffic that wants to turn left onto westbound I-80, said George Feazell, Iowa Department of Transportation engineer. Currently, there’s just one lane that frequently backs up traffic, especially with long trucks waiting to turn left. . .

Along with this, the project will also involve the removal of that entry ramp for motorists coming from the north, he said. When the project is done, that traffic will continue south until the traffic lights, he said. There will be a right-hand turn lane built at that intersection.

Another aspect will be the widening the interstate entry ramp to allow for dual lanes of traffic before the lanes merge into one prior to entering interstate traffic, just like it does now, Feazell said.

The $2.1 million project, funded by the state, should be completed yet this year, weather permitting, he said. . . .
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Postby riceweb » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:57 pm

Slowly but surely they're improving the Interstate through CB. I'm looking forward to both I-80 bridges being opened over the Missouri, which I assume will happen within about a month to get ahead of any wintery weather.

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Postby Jason4225 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:58 pm

The improvements to the turn lanes will be a welcome addition in this area. Due to the large amount of traffic and the short duration of the light, traffic often backs up on South Expressway.

I also will be very happy when the I-80 bridge opens up. I cross it two to four times every day and get very frustrated with the eastbound traffic. I am guessing that the Iowa side of the reconstruction (6 lanes each direction) is behind schedule due to funding. I hope they get started on this next year.

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Postby riceweb » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:56 am

Any idea when they open both bridges? I know they're only going to be opening 3 lanes in each direction until the other sections can get funded, but even that one extra lane will make a huge difference in the eastbound traffic, I would think.

It seems like the other bridge could have been opened a while ago.

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Postby Jason4225 » Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:20 pm

Driving into Iowa tonight it appeared that the eastbound bridge will be open by the morning commute. Hopefully this will help clear up some of the congestion on the bridge, especially during rush hour. Another step completed in this very long project.

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Postby riceweb » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:21 am

So, was the bridge open?

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Postby riceweb » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:51 pm

Apparently, there are now 6 lanes open in each direction, though the article isn't completely clear.

http://www.omaha.com/article/20111104/N ... -wide-open

As of Friday morning, motorists traveling Interstate 80 between Nebraska and Iowa had full access to all eastbound and westbound lanes.

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Postby riceweb » Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:48 pm

Per OWH writer Julie Anderson:

Sorry Peder. There are now three lanes each way on I-80, up from two each way before. Ultimately, there will be five going west and four going east.

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Postby omaja » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:31 am

The bridge is to be 10 lanes I thought?  That's what Iowa DOT has on their schematics of the project: http://www.iowadot.gov/cbinterstate/Segment1.asp.

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Postby riceweb » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:15 am

They had always said "up to" 10 lanes, but that never meant that they would go with 10 immediately. Also, I doubt we'll move beyond 6 until the 480/75 and 13th St changes are made, much less the I/29-I/80 changes on the Iowa side.

Still, it's looking like we'll have 8-10 lanes on the Nebraska side plus the bridge, with 12 lanes on the Iowa side (6 each for I-80 and I-29), so there'll be dramatically greater capacity in a few years.

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Postby icejammer » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:11 am

riceweb wrote: . . . so there'll be dramatically greater capacity in a few years.


How "few" is "few" will depend greatly on what happens in DC in the next 4-5 weeks.
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Postby omaja » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:27 pm

riceweb wrote:They had always said "up to" 10 lanes, but that never meant that they would go with 10 immediately. Also, I doubt we'll move beyond 6 until the 480/75 and 13th St changes are made, much less the I/29-I/80 changes on the Iowa side.


I understand that construction is ongoing and they obviously will not open all lanes on the bridge only to bottleneck everything at the western 29/80 split.  The part that confused me was the article mentioned 4 lanes eastbound and 5 lanes westbound as the ultimate goal.  Clearly an oversight on the author's part.

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Postby Bomaha » Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:26 pm

No, that's correct, the fifth lane is only between the western 80/29 split and 13th, where it will exit. I'm like 95 percent sure.

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http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Public_Hearing_On_Future_of_Council_Bluffs_Commuting_145938385.html

A public hearing, addressing the third segment of the Council Bluffs Interstate System or C.B.I.S. project, is set for Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mid-America Center, One Arena Way...

That project phase will impact I-80 from the Indian Creek to just east Madison Avenue. Transportation officials are looking at widening that stretch of road in the coming years. It also addresses I-29, from south of the U.S. 275/IA 92 interchange north to the east system interchange.

Eventually, transportation officials want to turn the six lanes at the I-80/-29 split into 12 lanes. Outer lanes would be used for local traffic, entering and exiting the interstate. Inner lanes would be "express" lanes, to carry vehicles straight through without interruption.

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Postby ricko » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:21 am

The 12 lane proposal is absolutely necessary if Council Bluffs follows through with it's long range plan to become a suburb of Los Angeles.

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Postby HR Paperstacks » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:31 am

ricko wrote:The 12 lane proposal is absolutely necessary if Council Bluffs follows through with it's long range plan to become a suburb of Los Angeles.


The reason for the "12" lanes is because they are planning to somewhat separate I-80 and I-29 on the overlap. There will be I-80 Express, which will be three lanes in each direction and will not have access to 24th Street or the South Expressway. Then there is I-29/I-80 Local, which will be three lanes in each direction, but will have access to 24th Street and the South Expressway.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:18 pm

Billion-dollar interstate reconstruction to be completed in about 8 years

From the Nonpareil:
The majority of the Council Bluffs interstate reconstruction should be completed by 2020, or maybe a year later, an Iowa Department of Roads official said Tuesday.

This would include six lanes – three local and three express lanes – in each direction on Interstates 29/80, plus numerous new bridges and relocation of some existing railroad lines, said Scott Suhr, district planner.

“Everything is on track,” he said at a public information meeting. “The bulk of the work should be done in 2020 or 2021.”....
Removal of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks along the South Expressway by the Manawa Power Shopping Centre is also planned.

“You won’t have traffic backed up on the South Expressway,” Suhr said


http://www.southwestiowanews.com/council_bluffs/news/article_83a36e2a-7e6b-11e1-817e-001a4bcf887a.html?mode=story

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Postby nativeomahan » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:12 pm

I think it is a good design, which will separate local from true interstate traffic.  Everyone will benefit.

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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:09 pm

I've always thought that that seems like a lot more capacity than is necessary. I don't see them needing 12 lanes before the time comes to tear this down and rebuild it again. I'm not sure they'd ever need that much capacity should the mass transit renaissance keep continuing.

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Postby Big E » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:47 am

At this rate they'll have it done about the time gas hits $14.
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Postby Seth » Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:05 pm

Yeah, 12 lanes seems like overkill to me.

BTW, I was curious how 12 lanes stacked up against other big freeways.  The records is 26 lanes on a section of I-10 in Houston.  Apparently everything really is bigger in Texas:
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Postby omaja » Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:03 pm

Twelve lanes may seem like a lot but considering I-80 is 8-11 lanes through Omaha as it is, it's not a stretch to think that I-80/I-29 will need the capacity in the future.

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Postby HR Paperstacks » Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:14 pm

You also have to remember that it's not six contiguous lanes in each direction like I-80 eastbound between 42nd and I-480, but two systems consisting of three lanes each - one for I-80 and one for I-29. It's more like I-80 around the I-L-Q exits. If you count all those lanes, it's actually 13.

In this project, there will actually be an area where there's 15 total lanes. It's just east of the west I-29 interchange:
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Another thing - within the next few years, there's plans to add three additional lanes to westbound I-80 between I-480 and 60th Street. That will make it a total of 14. (See page 39 in http://www.mapacog.org/images/stories/SSH_TIP/MAPA_2012_17_latest.pdf)

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Postby almighty_tuna » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:31 pm

OSILayer8Support wrote:Another thing - within the next few years, there's plans to add three additional lanes to westbound I-80 between I-480 and 60th Street.


Ugh. I would rather see a dividing wall between 480's merge lanes and I-80WB, much like what's on the JFK just south of 80/480/75 down almost to L Street. That would probably do more to improve flow than an additional few lanes. Most of the time it's just people trying to cut across traffic that slows everything down.  

What would be great is to continue the 4th lane on I-680 from 80/680 through to Dodge instead of trying to stuff 4 lanes into 3. Anyway, enough threadjacking. Back to I29/I80.


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