HEARTLAND FLOOD: Crews to raise elevation of I-29 at Honey Creek exit

HONEY CREEK, Iowa (WOWT) -- Drivers were advised Tuesday to expect immediate closures near I-29's Honey Creek exit as work begins on a Iowa Department of Transportation project to raise the interstate there by nearly two feet.

Honey Creek exit on I-29 to be raised 2 ft. to avoid future flooding.

The idea is to bring I-29's lowest point to the same level as Interstate 680.

"So when there's a flood that overtops 680, I-29 will overtop at the same time, now, instead of days or weeks earlier. So it will lessen the impact to I-29 and really keep our interstate traffic on the interstate," Austin Yates IDOT Engineer said.

The department will spend more than $3 million on the project.

In addition, a crossover between northbound and southbound lanes is also being built. This will give officials the option of running two-way traffic in the northbound lanes.

The changes are part of a larger effort to avoid closing the interstate for minor flooding in the future and allow officials to close both interstates at the same time in the event of major flooding in the area.

All of the work is expected to be completed by Dec. 1.