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Weather helping I-29 reconstruction project keep pace

By spring a new ramp will allow some cars to make a turn onto the I-29 from Wesley Parkway. By spring a new ramp will allow some cars to make a turn onto the I-29 from Wesley Parkway.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is on track to reach a milestone in the major I-29 Corridor Reconstruction project.

For nearly 2 years, barriers have been a familiar sight near the Wesley Parkway bridge. But this year, they'll be going away.

"The Wesley Parkway should be completed sometime midsummer," Dean Herbst," Iowa Department of Transportation, Resident Construction Engineer, Dean Herbst said.

That's actually ahead of the Iowa DOT's schedule.  It's because mother nature has been taking it easy.

"With the weather that we had over the winter we were able to advance some of the removals and that's what's been going on over the past few months," Herbst said.

The removal of the old retaining walls will help crews build two new ramps. Right now cars coming off the I-29 onto Wesley Parkway must make a turn.

What they still need to do is build a ramp so that cars can continue going forward back onto I-29," Jacqueline Quynh said.

"Previous interchange that was there it was three levels and now we're having it just be two levels, which will improve the safety of the traveling probably," Herbst said

Not only has mild weather helped to speed up construction but Herbst says it could save money.

"Once we get the work complete then we'll have the full interchange back in operation so the sooner that happens the less cost it is to everyone," Herbst said.

The department is also planning to get back to work on two other big portions of the project. One by Singing Hills, and the other is another extension by the Wesley Parkway project. They hope to finish the entire project by 2018.

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