Council Bluffs homes to be demolished for I-29 project

Published: Aug. 1, 2017 at 3:56 PM CDT
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Plans to improve the interstate around the Council Bluffs area is good news for the city, but those improvements will mean a big change for homeowners in the construction zone.

The fourth segment of the Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program will include I-29 from the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge to the south, moving north near the 35th Street exit. The work will also include I-480 from I-20 to the Missouri River. The project will also mean alterations to the 13th and 14th holes of the Dodge Riverside Golf Course. All of that work will also mean changes for close to three-dozen Council Bluffs families.

The interstate improvement is good news for business on West Broadway, giving this area access from the interstate.

“For whatever reason when they initially developed the interstate they never had an interchange on West Broadway which is the primary street in Council Bluffs,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh.

But 34 homes will need to be demolished as part of the interstate project. Marilyn Good has lived near in this neighborhood since 1977; she did not receive a notice because state officials won’t be buying her house.

“I kind of wish they would because I don’t want to live that close to the interstate,” said Good. “The main thing I’m concerned about is how close it’s going to be and if it’s going to affect my foundation or my walls. If I’m going to have any problems with that.”

Delores Lamkins did receive a letter, she will be relocated. She said it’s happened to her before. Lamkins was moved for interstate construction near Avenue G and Benson Street about seven years ago.

“They’re very good about a price and helping you with your move and cost. Since I’ve been through it already, I know they’re very helpful in helping you find, you know, relocating and stuff like that. I’m not bothered by it,” said Delores Lamkins.

State Officials say the project is still in the concept phase and the number of homes to be demolished could change. Marilyn Good is hoping to be a part of that change, so she doesn’t have to live right next to the interstate.

Iowa State Officials will hold a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. to unveil the concept for segment four of the Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program – that meeting will be held on August 15th at the Mall of the Bluffs.