Interstate 29 closures costly to truckers


June 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Truckers and trucking companies are paying a price for the flood-related closures along  Interstate 29, in Iowa.  The president of the Iowa Motor Truck Association told The Des Moines Register that I-29 is a major corridor for trucks. Association president Brenda Neville says there is a tremendous cost to take the highway detours, “and while some of the costs can be passed on to the shipper, that doesn’t always happen.”

Flooding on the Missouri River has closed a 20-mile stretch between Council Bluffs and the Missouri Valley area and a 22-mile section from Iowa Highway 2 south to U.S. Highway 136 at Rock Port, Mo.

Two stretches of Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie County are also closed, including the Mormon Bridge over the Missouri River into Nebraska.