Interstate 80-380 Loops To Stay Closed Until Next Month
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - Loop closures at the Interstate 80-380 interchange have cost drivers extra time and mileage over the last two months, and it's something that will continue for at least another 10 days.
Crews had originally planned to have the clover-leaf ramps back open by mid-July, but additional repair work and unexpected concrete removal slowed the resurfacing project, Cathy Cutler of the Iowa Department of Transportation said on Tuesday. "The loop ramps are going to be open in a week or two here, and we think the entire project will be done by the first week of September," said Cutler.
The entire project must be complete by September 8, when the Iowa Hawkeyes kick-off their home football season against Iowa State, said John Vu, an engineer at the DOT Cedar Rapids office. Vu estimated that the interchange loops will re-open by August 3, putting the DOT on pace to complete the project by the new September deadline. Original plans called for completion in August.
"I have to travel Eastern Iowa, whether I'm traveling north or south, it is a headache everyday," said Jason Ritter of Marengo. "It's really frustrating honestly, I understand, I know how things get backed up, but it certainly is frustrating everyday."
Ritter said he travels the area for business and has been forced to take countless detours as a result of the project. "Hopefully they'll get it done soon," said Ritter. "Hopefully by August like they say."
Cutler said no contractors will be penalized for not completing the project on-time, as there were unforeseen complications. "One of the bridges actually had an extra lift of concrete, and when they did the design for the project, they didn't realize it was on there," said Cutler.
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