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I-80 Study Begins

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Would you like to help re-build Interstate 80 ? The Iowa Department of Transportation is starting a long-term study of possible improvements from Council Bluffs to the Quad Cities, and a key component will be public participation.

Transportation Engineering Specialist, Wes Mayberry, says their goal is to make to 50 to 60 year old highway safer, and able to carry more traffic.
Along the busiest stretch, from Iowa City to Davenport, it now carries an average of 35,000 vehicles per day, and will reach an estimated 53,000 by 2040. 

People who sign up will soon begin receiving memos from the DOT, and asked to comment.

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Memos will be on topics like truck-only lanes, and bridges.

You can sign up by going to the Iowa DOT website and looking for the "I-80 Planning Study."

Mayberry says it's way too early to know the cost of rebuilding the interstate, and when any future projects will start.

 
(current traffic volumes: 

Between Council Bluffs and Des Moines 23,000 today and 33,000 projected by 2040

Between Des Moines and Iowa City 30,000 today and 49,000 projected by 2040

Between Iowa City and Davenport 35,000 today and 53,000 projected by 2040) 

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