Since 2008, Sioux City drivers have been driving through detours and construction zones as they passed through town on Interstate 29. But starting tomorrow, that construction reaches its home stretch.
The southbound lanes of I-29, which have been on an access road lower than the main interstate, will be back on top of the main line for I-29. They will be joining the northbound lanes up top as the project enters a break for the winter.
“[The southbound lanes] will stay up there through the construction season next year until the new southbound lanes are completed,” said Dakin Schultz of the Iowa DOT. “Our expectation is that everything will be done by the end of 2019 as far as I-29 work.”
According to Schultz and the DOT, the decade-long enterprise has been a success, thanks to people being understanding of the timeframe of such a long, intensive project.
“All throughout this project, this $400 million project, the motorists of the Siouxland area have been very patient with us,” Schultz said. “And we try as much as we can with a project like this to minimize traffic disruption but there’s no way to avoid it.”
Some delays are expected for the next few days, but traffic flow should return to normal soon.
And while the interstate may be done by the end of 2019, a new Hamilton Boulevard project will begin in 2020.