COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa. (KMTV) — Changes continue to come to the Iowa interstate system.
Council Bluffs drivers will need to be aware of changes impacting I-80, I-29, and access to the South Expressway and 24th Street. Starting Monday morning, eastbound I-80 drivers will need to be aware of the changes. Travelers wanting to reach destinations within Council Bluffs (24th Street or South Expressway) will need to choose Exit 1B, I-29 South/I-80 East Local.
Access to eastbound I-80 from South Expressway will be closed until late Fall, and access for South Expressway traffic taking I-29 southbound will not change.
Drivers wanting to stop in Council Bluffs will be required to exit at 24th Street. There will be no access to I-80 eastbound or I-29 southbound from the South Expressway. Drivers traveling northbound on I-29, south of Council Bluffs will not be able to access I-80 eastbound. Additionally, drivers on I-80 eastbound will not be able to exit at Madison Avenue.
The improvements are designed to reduce traffic congestion, repair existing roadway conditions, and address existing safety issues. The interstate redesign will modernize the highway system and improve mobility and safety of approximately 18 miles of interstate. Each roadway will be separated by a concrete median barrier.
The complete interstate redesign program will take five years.
To read about the full interstate program, click here.