The Iowa Department of Transportation reports it is working to get traffic moving against in western Iowa as quickly as possible. However, don’t expect a miracle. IDOT reports that many activities have been underway – some are behind the scenes, others are already visible.
Contractors started this week removing tons of debris and power washing layers of muck from stretches of Interstate 29 in Fremont and Pottawattamie Counties. On Thursday, the area of I-29 and Hamilton Boulevard in Woodbury County was fully re-opened to travel.
IDOT says it is examining a wide range of options to expedite the recovery process. The department adds it will require some innovative approaches. Timetables and cost estimates will be provided as soon as they are known.
Due to safety concerns and reconstruction that requires heavy equipment, public access beyond road closure barricades will be restricted. IDOT says it will provide scheduled and guided access to specific sites in the coming week. Some of that will be restricted to members of the news media.