Breaking News: I-680 to reopen Nov. 2nd, nearly 1 month ahead of schedule!
October 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson
Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation announced Friday evening that Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie County will be reopened at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd. The Iowa DOT’s fast-track flood recovery effort and accelerated pace of construction by the contractors has led to the quick reopening. Working 24 hours a day at times since construction started Sept. 28th, Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck and Reilly Construction Company Inc. of Ossian and their subcontractors, consultants and suppliers have completed work in only 34 working days.
All four lanes of I-680 will be reopened to traffic. The ramps at the 130th Street interchange (exit 1) will remain closed due to the closure of the intersecting local roadways.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino III will be hosting a grand reopening ceremony at 1 p.m. at the I-680/130th Street interchange. Joining them will be U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor Mendez, Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. The Nebraska Department of Roads has also been invited. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
For complete details on the grand reopening ceremony, visit: www.iowadot.gov/floods/I680_opening.html