Closure of I-29/680 interchange near Loveland becoming more imminent


June 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – June 13, 2011; 11 a.m. – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting that flood waters are quickly approaching the Interstate 29/680 interchange near Loveland and it may be inundated by flood waters today. This is Exit 13B from I-680W to I-29N. 
The Iowa DOT is implementing steps to delay the closure as long as possible; however, it will eventually be inundated.  The area impacted is immediately north of the present closure of I-29, which extends from milepost 55 in Council Bluffs to  milepost 71 near Loveland. The closure of this interchange severs key north-south I-29 travel.    
When the interchange is flooded, the Iowa DOT will close:
·         I-680 west- and eastbound from milepost 21 near Beebeetown (Pottawattamie/Harrison County Road L-34) to the I-29/680 interchange (milepost 71 near Loveland). 
·         I-29 south- and northbound lanes from the I-29/680 interchange to the I-29/U.S. 30 interchange (milepost 75 near Missouri Valley).

Local and I-29 regional corridor traffic (Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota)
·         Follow the posted local detours or call the Iowa DOT’s flood hotline at 1-866-452-8510 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily for personal traveler assistance. 
·         After hours, call 511 (in Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (out of state) for a recorded message of closed roads.
·         View the flooded Iowa roads map for road closures, detours and areas at risk of flooding –