ST. JOSEPH - Interstate 29 from Rock Port, Mo., (exit 110) to U.S. Highway 34 (exit 32) near Pacific Junction, Iowa, opened Saturday to traffic after almost four months of closure due to flooding. The 15 miles of Missouri interstate closed on June 15 when flood waters forced Iowa to close I-29 near the border.
Except for a few days at the height of the flooding when water did cross the interstate at the states' border, the Missouri portion of I-29 remained dry and undamaged making it easy for MoDOT to reopen the interstate.
According to information from IDOT, temporary lane crossovers will be in place at mileposts 0.8 northbound and 3.2 southbound, near Hamburg, Iowa. Two-way traffic conditions will be present between the crossovers with vehicles diverted into the southbound lanes. The crossovers are necessary to avoid a bridge in the northbound lanes that suffered damage.
Exit 1, Iowa 333 to Hamburg; and exit 10, Iowa 2 to Nebraska City, remain closed. An earthen levee was built on Iowa 333 and an approach to the bridge on this road collapsed and requires repair. Iowa 2 sustained substantial damage due to the flooding and must be repaired. Iowa plans to restore traffic on these roadways as quickly as possible.
Travelers who encounter a road closed sign, fence, gate or other traffic control device, are advised to turn around. Do not move the barricades or enter a closed roadway. The barriers indicate that the road is unsafe. Entering a closed roadway is illegal.
For more information about flooded roads in Missouri, visit modot.org/northwest for weekly flooding updates or call our toll-free customer service hotline at: 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (1-888-275-6636).