The TrapBags that line a section of Interstate 29 north of the metro will be removed next week. TrapBags are like sandbags only much larger. Instead of sand, they are filled with rocks. A contractor has been hired to begin removing them of I-29 near Blencoe, Iowa on Monday.
The Iowa Department of Transportation put out a bid for the project. Iowa Plains Signing of Slater was the low bidder. It will cost the state $163,666.90 to have the bags removed. The work will require opening the bags to release the rock, then loading and hauling the rock from the site and disposing of the bags.
The project is expected to take 18 days. It will require a detour between exit 105 (the Blencoe interchange) and exit 112 (the Onawa interchange).
Once the TrapBags are removed, the interstate will return to its previous condition: A work zone. A bridge is being constructed in the area.