(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing that Iowa 175 between Decatur, Neb. and Interstate 29 (near Onawa, Iowa), including the Missouri River toll bridge; will reopen to traffic at 6 p.m. this evening.
This highway and bridge were impacted by the Missouri River flooding and have been closed since June 27. The large scour hole that formed around the bridge piers and eastern abutment has been filled and roadway embankment stabilized. The toll bridge has been inspected and is now safe for travel.
The second stage of this project, including construction of a weir and dike, will be performed while the roadway is open to traffic.
Opening of the Decatur Bridge marks the third and final Missouri River crossing to be reopened as part of the Iowa DOT’s fast-track flood recovery effort. The pace of rebuilding and repair work continues to exceed expectations. Bids for the Iowa 175 repair project were opened Oct. 5.
The Iowa DOT appreciates the public’s patience throughout the last several months. The department also thanks the Burt County (Neb.) Bridge Commission, Nebraska Department of Roads and Western Contracting Corporation of Sioux City for their roles in the quick reopening of the bridge.