If you were planning to travel Interstate 80 through Iowa during the next few days, here’s a heads up.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced it will close a 30-mile stretch of I-80 in both directions sometime Friday afternoon, June 13, because of rapidly rising floodwaters. The highway is expected to remain closed and under water for two or three days.
The area affected is in eastern Iowa south of Cedar Rapids. Flood waters are expected to top the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-80 at milepost 266 in Cedar County, just west of the Iowa 38 interchange at Exit 267, state officials said.
The Iowa DOT is anticipating heavy traffic, congestion and delays on the detour route. Therefore, the department strongly suggests the following as a way to reduce problems in the area during this critical time:
- Iowa residents should avoid travel on the detour roads, if at all possible;
- Regional and coast-to-coast commercial motor vehicle operators that do not need to make a stop in Iowa should consider a route that avoids the state; and
- Commercial vehicle operators that cannot avoid the area should NOT use the county roadways as alternative routes.