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I-29 from St. Joseph to Omaha reopens after flooding repairs

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Posted at 10:53 AM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 13:43:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Portions of Interstate 29 that closed after significant flooding in March will reopen Wednesday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

In northwest Missouri, I-29 southbound was set to open at 9 a.m., and the northbound lanes at 10 a.m.

Multiple barriers needed to be removed in order for the interstate to reopen, the highway patrol said. Detours were being used until the interstate was fully reopened.

In addition, the entire stretch of I-29 that was closed from north of St. Joseph, Missouri, to Omaha, Nebraska, will reopen Wednesday. The Iowa Department of Transportation said that barriers from the U.S. 34 interchange in Council Bluffs, east of Omaha, to the Missouri border were removed and traffic was moving.

The reopening of the interstate, which closed in March, came ahead of schedule. Officials had previously said that stretch of I-29 could be closed through June after heavy flooding this spring along the Missouri River.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said that while debris had previously been cleared from the Missouri portion of I-29, the roadway in Iowa had significant damage that prevented it from reopening.

Businesses along the interstate reported significant impacts from the closure.