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Encouraging News For I-29, Highway 34 Repairs

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

Two major highways in western Mills County damaged by Missouri River flooding could be reopened to traffic by the end of May.

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Interstate 29 (between U.S. Highway 34 and the Missouri border) and Highway 34 (between the I-29 interchange and Missouri River bridge) are targeted to open to “limited mobility” by the end of the month. Both highways received extensive damage during spring flooding and have been closed to traffic for nearly two months.

Assistant Mills County Engineer Cory Gaston said “limited mobility” means traffic will likely be restricted to one lane in each direction.

According to an IDOT road repair progress report released Monday, Interstate 29 is severely damaged north of Percival and a bridge is in need of repair south of Highway 2. Options are being evaluated for flood control in both areas while pavement repair work is carried out.

On the “severely damaged” stretch of Highway 34 in Mills County, contractors are repairing pavement on westbound driving lanes. IDOT officials are monitoring the rising and falling water in the area as Missouri River levels continue to fluctuate.

Gaston said the majority of the 44 county roads closed because of flooding have re-opened. As of Friday, about 12 miles of Mills County roadway, primarily in the extreme southwest section of the county, remained closed.

Gaston pointed out that some roads were closed in central Mills County in mid-March as the result of flooding from the Nishnabotna River system. Flooding over county roads has caused numerous “blow-ups” to the surface, Gaston said. County crews are making the majority of needed repairs, but limited work from contractors is also being utilized, he said.