The Iowa Department of Transportation remains optimistic about re-opening traffic between Iowa and Nebraska City before the end of the year.



Dena Gray-Fisher, director of the department's multimedia services, said one-lane traffic or head-to-head traffic will be considered on Highway 2 to get traffic flowing.



Local officials are hoping that Highway 2 can be opened to the Percival corner, so traffic can take the 220th Street west to Sidney, Iowa. From Sidney traffic can take Highway 275 north or south.



Gray-Fisher said the department will use an emergency contracting process by announcing projects on Fridays and opening bids on Wednesdays.


The Iowa Department of Transportation remains optimistic about re-opening traffic between Iowa and Nebraska City before the end of the year.

Dena Gray-Fisher, director of the department's multimedia services, said one-lane traffic or head-to-head traffic will be considered on Highway 2 to get traffic flowing.

Local officials are hoping that Highway 2 can be opened to the Percival corner, so traffic can take the 220th Street west to Sidney, Iowa. From Sidney traffic can take Highway 275 north or south.

Gray-Fisher said the department will use an emergency contracting process by announcing projects on Fridays and opening bids on Wednesdays.

Rather than requiring new project engineering, contractors will be asked to rebuild according to the original specifications on the existing roadway.

“We will use the existing roadway footprint,” Gray-Fisher said.

She said there will be incentives for contractors to begin work immediately and disincentives for delays in the work's progress.

Iowa recently opened bids for cleanup of debris on Highway 2 on areas that are not covered with water.

Bids were also opened for construction of crossovers on Interstate 29 in Fremont County.

At a Sept. 13 webinar with Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce, the roads department reported that there was still floodwater running under the interstate at several locations between Percival and Hamburg.

High velocity water is blamed for scouring an Interstate 29 bridge at mile post 1.4 near Percival.

The flood exposed bridge piers and caused a portion of the bridge approach to collapse.Missouri officials report that Interstate 29 in northwest Missouri suffered only minor damage and should be ready to open as soon as the Iowa stretch is open.

 The interstate remains closed from Glenwood to the Rock Port exits.