TEMPORARY CROSSOVER TO SHORTEN FLOOD DETOUR IN MILLS COUNTY
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation will change the existing traffic control south of the Interstate 29 interchange at exit 32 this morning. The change will allow motorists to use the crossover to make a u-turn from one interstate ramp to another. In addition, eastbound U.S. 34 travelers will drive south on the ramp and use the crossover to take the ramp north.
The purpose of the crossover is to provide relief to travelers detoured by flooding; especially residents of Nebraska and Iowa that are using the Missouri River crossing at Plattsmouth, Neb. on a daily basis due to the flood-related closure of Iowa 2 at Nebraska City.
The temporary crossover will shorten out-of-distance travel by approximately 15 miles for travelers going east on U.S. 34 from Plattsmouth, Neb., and planning to continue north on I-29 or east on U.S. 34.
Travelers will now use a combination of the median crossover and exit 32 interchange ramps to make a safe movement from southbound to northbound I-29.
Use of the crossover will lengthen the closure of I-29 from the Iowa/Missouri state line to exit 32. The interstate had already been closed to exit 24, the Bartlett interchange, due to flooding.
This temporary detour crossover can be used legally by the public, unlike other median crossovers along the interstate that are restricted to use by law enforcement, maintenance and emergency vehicles.
Presently, there is bridge construction work on I-29, which started before the flooding, that is restricting travel on I-29 northbound and U.S. 34 (in both directions where the highway travels under the interstate).