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I-29 Improvement Project will continue past 2016


The project to remake I-29 will cover several miles, from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa to South Dakota. The idea is to update the interstate, making it safer and easier to traverse.

DOT officials say when it was originally constructed in the mid-60's, it saw about 5,000 cars a day. Now, near downtown, car numbers top out at about 40,000 a day.

The renovations to I-29 include taking its two lanes and widening them to three. Changes would also be made to other infrastructure like bridges, plus on and off ramps, giving cars more room to merge.

The renovation started in 2008 with the project scheduled to be totally complete sometime after 2016.

"Currently we've got funds programmed through 2016. Our construction will take us through that 2016 date. We anticipate that our commission, through the programming process, will identify additional funds," said Dakin Schultz with the Iowa DOT.

This year the DOT will be working on a few major projects in the remodel. One is construction of a new southbound bridge by Singing Hills.

Another, we told you about last week. They want to take the three bridges at the Wesley Parkway Interchange and turn them into one large bridge that, they say, will decrease collisions in one of the most dangerous intersections in town.

Getting it done will take some time.

"Construction will be 2012 and 2013 for reconstruction of the Wesley Parkway Interchange," said Schultz.

The DOT updated the Sioux City Council on their progress Monday.

Total cost for the whole remodel is estimated at $400 million. For all delays and closures as construction begins check out these links.

NW Iowa Road Work

I-29 Improvement Project


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