HEARTLAND FLOOD: Highway artery to I-29 reopens in Missouri after months of repairs

File photo of flooding along Interstate 29 near U.S. HIghway 34. Further south, U.S. Highway 136 re-opened Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, to I-29 in Missouri, reinstating a main artery to the interstate from the Auburn, Neb., area that has been closed for months. (IDOT file photo)
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PHELPS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A flood-damaged highway that connects northwest Missouri to Nebraska has reopened after undergoing months of repairs.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the Missouri Department of Transportation reopened U.S. 136 west of Interstate 29 on Thursday. The major route had been closed since March 15 after the Missouri River overtopped and breached several levees following heavy rain and snowmelt upstream. Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states.

Crew spent about 60 days removing debris and completing extensive roadway repairs. The work involved filling two large areas where the roadbed had washed away near Phelps City.