New Spring, New Construction Season On I-380
CEDAR RAPIDS - It's as near-nightly ritual along one portion of the northbound lanes of Interstate 380.
A driver in a truck, alongside the highway, waiting for a specified time to push ahead, corral the orange cones and close off one lane of traffic. Perhaps two.
"About 8:45," Friday night's driver said when asked what time the construction will pick up.
It's a symphony that takes place six nights a week and will continue for the coming months.
"It's all part of a project to do hot mix asphalt resurfacing of Interstate 380," said Cathy Cutler, DOT spokesperson out of the Cedar Rapids office. "It's actually been a three-year project and we're finally onto 'Year 3'. People are going to see that we do night work because of the traffic volume on Interstate 380."
For drivers in the northbound lanes of I-380, this will mean one or two lanes of traffic open instead of three. The work started this week.
"We always say 'weather permitting' and the weather is finally permitting," said Cutler.
Here is this year's project for Interstate 380 in Linn County: Patching and repair work in the northbound lanes, from the 7th Street NE on-ramp north to past the County Home Road exit (Mile 28).
This follows the extensive work on I-380 southbound in 2013, where exits and on-ramps stretching from Hiawatha back to downtown Cedar Rapids were torn up and repaved.
"I think I've had a couple of compliments this year and I'm hoping we get a couple for the northbound (paving)," said Cutler. "We do appreciate the public and their consideration for the workers out there, both the DOT and the construction workers."
More work on Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids will take place south of downtown as both the northbound and southbound lanes between Wright Brothers Boulevard leading up to the "S-curve" will also get a new layer of asphalt.
Cutler said the current road work is to make the highway ready for paving, which is expected to start in May.
This $30 million project is part of the DOT's $700 million in road construction work throughout Iowa for 2014.
For detailed information on the I-380 work in Linn County: