(Atlantic) Interstate 29 will be not be re-opening any time soon. Scott Suhr is the District Planner from the Iowa Department of Transportation Office in Atlantic.
“We don’t have an exact timeline right now because we still have stretches of Interstate 29 in southern Fremont County completely underwater,” stated Suhr. “We also have water over I-29 from mile post 57 to mile post 68.
Suhr says the flood release at Gavins Point is down to 90,000 and at peak; it was at 160,000 so the water being released is going down. “The problem is the water is outside the levy and can’t get back to the river. Therefore, we are waiting to access the damage to see exactly how much is out there. Our goal is to open the road as quickly and safely as possible.”
Suhr says the DOT has a couple of contracts ready to send out for bid to clear the debris off the road, replace pipes and guardrails, and a host of other things.
Suhr says parts of Interstate 680, from Interstate 29 to the “Old Mormon Trail Bridge” is in bad shape. Suhr says the entire section will have to be reconstructed.
August 24, 2011