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Flood-stricken Interstate 680 to reopen Wednesday
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Flood-stricken Interstate 680 to reopen Wednesday

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The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced that flood-ravaged Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie County will be reopened at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Working 24 hours a day at times since construction started Sept. 28, Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck, Iowa, and Reilly Construction Co. of Ossian, Iowa, and their subcontractors, consultants and suppliers completed the work in 34 working days, the state agency said in a news release.

All four lanes of I-680 will be reopened to traffic. The ramps at the 130th Street interchange (Exit 1) will remain closed because of the closure of the intersecting local roadways.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and other state officials will host a grand reopening ceremony at 1 p.m. at the I-680/130th Street interchange.

Joining them will be U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.

The public is welcome to attend.

 

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