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Dirt Moving For Highway 34 Project

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Goal Is For Missouri River Bridge To Open In Fall 2013

By Joe Foreman, Editor

The Iowa Department of Transportation has released an updated timeline for the U.S. Highway 34 – Missouri River Bridge project that will link western Mills County with Sarpy County in eastern Nebraska.

    The timeline calls for the $138 million project to be completed as early as the fall of 2013.
    “The Iowa D.O.T. goal is to open fall 2013,” said Donald R. Stevens, Iowa D.O.T. Assistant District 4 Engineer. “If for some reason, the weather does not cooperate and/or the Nebraska and Iowa contractors are not able to complete their work at the same time in late fall 2013, the highway would then be open in the spring of 2014.”
    A formal ground-breaking for the project took place last September. Stevens said work began last fall on reinforced concrete box (RCB) culverts. Work has resumed this spring, with considerable activity taking place directly west of the Highway 34 / Interstate 29 interchange.
    “The letting schedule and coordination with Nebraska remain on track,” Stevens said.
    Glenwood banker Larry Winum, a longtime proponent of the project, said the dirt work taking place this spring is generating excitement from Mills County residents.
    “It’s exciting to see progress being made. We’ve been talking about doing this for so long. It looks like it’s really going to happen,” Winum said. ”It’s fun to see the dirt work. They’re making progress on the Nebraska side as well.”
    Current U.S. Highway 34 – Missouri River Bridge construction timeline:
    Spring, summer, fall 2011 – complete RCB culverts, begin and complete earth work (includes bridge approachment embankment), begin eastbound bridge over I-29 in the fall.
    Winter, spring, summer, fall 2012 – begin Missouri River bridge, complete eastbound bridge over I-29 (spring), begin and complete eastbound concrete paving, begin westbound bridge over I-29 (fall).
    Winter, spring, summer, fall 2013 – complete westbound bridge over I-29 (spring), complete Missouri River Bridge (fall), begin and complete westbound concrete paving (includes lighting and signing).
    The Iowa D.O.T.’s goal is to open the highway and bridge in fall 2013.