Iowa crews scrape up heavy layers of dust along I-29 on the north edge of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The mess was left by the spring/summer Missouri River flooding. Sept. 12, 2011
The Iowa Department of Transportation reported Monday that debris removal and cleanup is progressing well between the I-680/I-29 interchange in Council Bluffs and the Loveland exit.
The only water that remains on the roadway is just north of milepost 55, near the Blackbird Marsh County Preserve.
More pumps have been moved into that area to assist in draining the groundwater. The water is being pumped into the Missouri River.
IDOT will be meeting with contractors later this week to discuss aggressively rebuilding I-680 between the Mormon Bridge and the I-29 Crescent exit.
Another concern for drivers is Interstate 29 in the extreme southwestern corner of Iowa. IDOT reports scour damage has been discovered on the bridge approaches on the north and southbound bridges situated 1.4 miles north of the Missouri border. A more complete assessment of the damage will have to be performed when the water level drops.
Debris removal work and cleanup is progressing well along I-29 in Fremont County, Iowa.
Meanwhile, Highway 2 remains closed between Nebraska City and I-29. IDOT reports that about one mile of the highway is still under water. Pavement on the Westbound late under I-29 collapsed during the flooding. It left a hole about 15 feet deep.