October 16, 2014
Building on recent interstate improvements that include last week’s opening of the I-29 southbound bridge over I-80, the new I-80 ramp to I-29 northbound just east of the Missouri River is scheduled to open this Friday, October 17th. Motorists travelling I-80 eastbound headed for I-29 northbound will use the new right-hand exit and ramp to access I-29 northbound. Interstate signage will direct motorists to the new exit.
The new I-29 northbound ramp is part of the West System Interchange Project, located approximately one-half mile east of the Missouri River where I-80 intersects I-29 in Council Bluffs. Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra travel time while this interstate improvement takes effect. The new ramp will result in improved safety on I-80, reducing lane changes and modernizing design. It will take approximately three more years until the reconstruction work is far enough along that motorists can merge from this ramp into the right, northbound lane of I-29, however the elevated approach and longer merge lanes will allow for a more comfortable merge than exists today.
View the attached map for the new lane shift configurations for the I-29 northbound ramp.
For more information about the West System Interchange Project, please visit the program website.