After 11 years of road work, freeway project in Sioux City nearly over

Some construction work continues along Interstate 29 in Sioux City, as viewed from an Iowa Department of Transportation traffic camera near mile marker 148, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Officials hope to have all major construction work finished by Christmas 2019 (Courtesy: Iowa Department of Transportation)
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - After 11 years of temporary lanes and closed exit ramps, work is finally nearly complete on an Interstate 29 expansion project through Sioux City.

The Sioux City Journal reports the Iowa Department of Transportation hopes to finish work on the project by Christmas. Final construction includes pouring concrete bridge approaches, installing guardrails and painting pavement.

It was 2008 when crews began the $400 million to widen the freeway to three lanes in each direction from Sergeant Bluff through Sioux City and to the South Dakota border.

Although major construction will be over, workers still will need to make unexpected repairs to a bridge damaged by fire this fall.

State transportation planner Dakin Schultz acknowledged “there are times when it seemed it would never end.”