Welcome to the
Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program's

2017 Pre-Construction Season Online Meeting

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Thank you for your interest in the Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program and the upcoming 2017 construction season. The purpose of this online meeting is to:

  • Provide an update on the Program
  • Discuss 2017 construction projects
  • Provide details on potential construction impacts and detours in the area
  • Provide an update on the I-29/I-480/West Broadway Interchange, including alternatives developed to date

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To provide a comment at any point during your visit, simply click on the Submit a Comment button at the top of your screen. A comment form will appear. You may close the form to continue through the meeting. Once finished, please click “Submit” to officially submit your comment to the Program team.

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Program Overview

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Goals of the Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program include:

  • modernizing 18 miles of interstate;
  • accommodating planned developments along the corridors;
  • reducing traffic congestion, and;
  • improving the visual landscape in the area.

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Iowa DOT’s Largest Highway Funding Effort

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The Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program is the single largest endeavor in Iowa DOT’s five-year Transportation Improvement Program. From 2008 through 2013, the Program spent approximately $150 million dollars. The Program will strategically schedule projects to streamline and expedite the Program as a whole. Ultimately, this means Iowa DOT will produce a better interstate system more quickly and more efficiently for the traveling public.

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2016 in Review

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The Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program has been active since 2008. The statistics shown here give a snapshot of the magnitude of work completed in 2016.

To view the 2016 Annual Report, click here.

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Construction Schedule

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The Program schedule highlights construction activities through 2024. Traffic impacts will vary depending on the construction activity.

Activities that impact traffic movements or are expected to cause significant traffic delays will be advertised in advance on our website and via social media.

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2017 Construction Projects

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In 2017, several projects are expected to occur within the Program area. Check out the video to learn more.


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For any issues regarding construction impacts, please email us at info@CouncilBluffsInterstate.com or call us at
(712) 326-3712.

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I-29/I-80 Dual, Divided Freeway Traffic Shift
2017 Construction & Traffic Movements

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The Dual, Divided Freeway, Phase II reconstruction is scheduled to occur between 2017 and 2019. The project includes reconstruction of I-80 eastbound/I-29 southbound, just east of the Missouri River to South Expressway, and includes the Indian Creek bridges in Council Bluffs.

When complete, the Dual, Divided Freeway will physically separate through traffic on I-80 from traffic on I-29 destined for Council Bluffs, creating I-80 express lanes and I-80/I-29 local lanes.

Please click the image to the left to view the traffic shift in a larger size. The video on this page describes in detail the traffic movements that will be changed with this traffic shift.


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Dual, Divided Freeway Signage

Although the Dual, Divided Freeway will not be completed until 2021, you will begin seeing changes to interstate signage as phases are completed. Shown here are artist renderings of the cross sections near 24th Street and South Expressway. Exit numbering and destination designation will change on the signage, as seen in the renderings. For example, the South Expressway exit will no longer have the “Lake Manawa” destination designation.





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East System Interchange Traffic Shifts
2017 Construction & Traffic Movements

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The East System Interchange Phase II reconstruction is currently underway and is scheduled to be complete in 2018. The project includes reconstruction of I-80 westbound, just west of Madison Avenue to South Expressway, including portions of the South Expressway and Madison Avenue interchanges in Council Bluffs.

The project will also include the I-80 westbound to I-29 southbound flyover ramp.

Please click the image to the left to view the detour routes in a larger size. The video on this page describes in detail the traffic movements and detours that will be required when the on and off ramps are closed.

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I-29/I-480/West Broadway System Interchange Design Concepts

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Iowa DOT is in the process of preparing an Environmental Assessment for the I-29/I-480/West Broadway area to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, also known as NEPA. The Environmental Assessment will compare impacts between two concepts and determine if a proposed project will result in significant impacts to the environment, both human and natural. One of the concepts will be chosen as the preferred alternative and will be carried forward into a construction project.

The two concepts include constructing an interchange between I-29 and I-480. For more details on the two concepts, please view the project video.

The Environmental Assessment process is anticipated to be complete in 2017 with a public hearing to be announced soon. Once the Environmental Assessment process is complete, the project will begin the final design phase. Right-of-way acquisition is tentatively planned for late 2017 through 2019 and construction is anticipated to start in the spring of 2020.

Goals of the I-29/I-480/West Broadway area project are to:

  • Improve/modernize system priority linkage at the I-29/I-480 Interchange,
  • Improve safety performance and reduce congestion,
  • Provide a direct connection to West Broadway from I-29, and
  • Improve the geometry of the roadway.
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Other Area Construction Projects

There are several other projects occurring adjacent to the Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program. Highlights of those projects in Nebraska and Council Bluffs are presented below.


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I-480 Bridges

Southbound lanes of I-480 bridges and associated ramps will be closed March 2017 through June 12th and reopened prior to the start of the College World Series. The Northbound lanes and associated ramps will be closed July 5th through October 7th. During these closures, motorists are directed to use I-29 as a detour route.

Iowa Railroad Bridge Demolition

Temporary closures of I-29 will occur between October 7th through November 2017. During these closures, motorists are directed to use I-480 as a detour route.

I-480 to 13th Street Construction

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Council Bluffs Construction:

West Broadway

Visit www.wbreconstruction.com to learn more about the West Broadway Reconstruction Project.

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Work Zone Safety

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As the construction season ramps up, more work zones will be present in the Council Bluffs area. To protect other drivers, construction workers and yourself, it is critical to use extra caution when driving through a work zone.

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Sign Up for Traffic Alerts

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Want to be notified when 2017 construction is scheduled to potentially impact your commute? Get customized route information and real time updates regarding construction activities and traffic impacts by signing up for traffic alerts.

Sign up for traffic alerts and real-time updates to stay in the know!

Watch the video to view the steps for signing up for customizable traffic alerts.


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Stay Informed!

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Plan ahead…avoid the traffic!

Stay informed about construction and traffic impacts on projects in the Council Bluffs area.

Visit our website:

www.CouncilBluffsInterstate.IowaDot.gov

Visit the Program Office:

Mall of the Bluffs
1751 Madison Avenue, Suite 750
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Open 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Email us:

info@CouncilBluffsInterstate.com

Call us:

712-326-3712

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