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Largest Road Project in IA History Ramps Up

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A project to reconstruct the interstate highway system around Council Bluffs is moving forward at an accelerated pace as the Iowa Department of Transportation hopes to keep up with increasing traffic through the area.
  
DOT District Engineer Troy Jerman says the project, at more than $2 billion, is the largest in Iowa Department of Transportation history.
  
It includes rebuilding 14 interchanges, relocating railroads, and adding traffic lanes on Interstates 80 and 29.
  
The DOT says the Interstate system at Council Bluffs carries up to 75,000 vehicles a day but was designed for half that. By 2030 traffic will climb to more than 120,000 vehicles a day.
  
The work, planned in phases, currently includes construction on bridges and ramps on the west interchanges and grading for the Interstate 29 corridor.

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