By Jamie Perez | firstname.lastname@example.org
Around this time last year, the Iowa DOT reported that the I-29 project was a year behind schedule for completion.
"A few years ago, we had some issues with our staging and we weren't able to meet our original schedule," says Dakin Schultz, Transportation Planner with the Iowa DOT.
The continued work on I-29 is a well-known multi-year heavy construction project and it's affected all areas of Siouxland. As most people have noticed, freeway exits often lead you through a minor detour around the areas that are being worked on.
"A major construction project like this, especially something this complicated with the staging is going to take a lot of years. We're still targeting as far as the main I-29 work, the main line work, being completed probably at the end of 2019, with some carryover work into 2020," says Schultz.
The project is divided into three segments and by the end of the projects' completion, the total cost will estimate around $400 million.
"We continue to ask the patience of the motorists as they can see in segments one and three of the completion, once it's completed, there's definitely a benefit to the area," says Schultz.
Despite all the speed zones, traffic cones and other road fixtures, Schultz says the benefits will be well worth it.
"The benefits to the public will be a facility that's going to last them for decades but it will also be a safe modern facility that'll serve this traffic well," says Schultz.
By the end of the year, it's expected that Floyd Boulevard will be back open again and the construction zones around Hamilton will have traffic shift.
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