Another Summer, Another Construction Project On I-80 In Johnson County

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - For the sixth year in a row construction crews have returned to Interstate 80 in Johnson County. This summer crews will work to add a permanent median from the I-380 interchange to nearly the Herbert Hoover Highway exit.

Road crews are currently doing some preparation and specialty work. The bulk of the project will be done in July and August, according to Hugh Holak of the Iowa DOT Manchester office.

Holak said two lanes of traffic will remain open in both directions during the final phase of the $190 million widening project. In the previous stages of the project crews have significantly widened the lanes through that stretch of Interstate. Data from the DOT shows roughly 51 thousand drivers used that stretch of roadway daily in 2005. That number is expected to rise to 103 thousand by 2025.

Holak said the DOT’s next major project in the area will be to the Interstate 80-380 interchange. Officials are currently working on a re-design of the cloverleaf exchange. Work is expected to begin in about five years.

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