Traffic between southeast Nebraska and Interstate 29 has returned to normal.
Missouri floodwaters disrupted commutes between Nebraska and its two neighboring states to the east, Iowa and Missouri. Commutes from southeast Nebraska to I-29 began to return to normal in late October when Iowa repaired damage to Iowa 2, which connects Nebraska City to I-29. Missouri reopened U.S. 136, connecting Brownville to I-29, a couple of days later.
It took a little longer for U.S. 159 to reopen.
Missouri Department of Transportation, Northwest Division spokeswoman Melissa Black says the $3.4 million repair poured 172,770 tons of rock into three gaping scour holes left behind when Missouri River floodwaters receded.
“We’re very excited to have them back open and excited to have the holes all filled and have actual routes back there instead of just big, gaping holes,” Black tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, we know that the public is really happy about it, too.”
Ideker of St. Joseph began the repair work in October. Black says inclement weather delayed completion.
Black emphasizes these are temporary repairs to get traffic moving again. Permanent repairs must wait until spring. But, for now, traffic is back to normal from Rulo to I-29.
“Just in time for winter weather, of course,” Black says with a laugh. “But, we’re very happy to have these roads taken care of.”
Commuters had been using the bridge over the Missouri River at Rulo to cross into Missouri, but couldn’t take a direct route to I-29.